Organized by: Lara Traeger
In November 2014, a month before President Obama announced changes to U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations, a group of us took a life-changing trip to Havana. We visited as part of a delegation from the American Psychological Association (APA), to meet with Cuban healthcare providers and researchers. While there, we met Sandra Soca Lozana. Sandra is a bright, energetic researcher dedicated to improving the care and quality of life of Cuban children and families who are coping with cancer.
Sandra has now obtained a visa to visit the U.S. this summer! Please consider supporting her travel. She would use the trip to present a talk at the Mass General Hospital, visit the APA headquarters, and participate in the 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Washington, DC. Sandra would therefore be able to develop collaborations with researchers from around the world. We would be honored to host Sandra and strengthen our relationship with this wonderful researcher.
With her indefatigable spirit, Sandra has incredible potential to advance the science and practice of supportive cancer care. She has so much to offer with respect to increasing understanding between health care providers,researchers and citizens in the US and Cuba. We see Sandra's trip as a benefit to all of us.
Despite the recent changes in U.S.-Cuban relations, Sandra still faces insurmountable barriers to financing her trip (sample annual salary in Havana: US$360). We appreciate your support in making her trip a reality. Estimated cost includes travel, conference fee, food, incidentals, visa fees, and insurance fees.
Thank you! Muchas Gracias!!
Lara Traeger, Felicity Harper, Amanda Kracen