BREAST cancer awareness advocate and former Varsitarian writer Alice Martinez-Orleans died last January 12. She was 56.

Martinez, a journalism graduate, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, but was able to survive it. Since then, she became an active member of the I Can Serve Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers women with breast cancer through information about the disease.

Her health deteriorated last month when her cancer reached stage four, with cancer cells spreading to her stomach and making her bed-ridden.

“Before, she was living an active life helping other women cope with cancer until her condition got worse. A week before her death, she asked us to contact all her friends for a get-together,” said Audie Orleans, Alice’s husband.

Martinez was cremated in a prayer service at Greenhills Christian Fellowship in Ortigas, Pasig last January 15. She is survived by Audie and a son and a daughter. Darenn G. Rodriguez

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