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SJSU LAN Legacy Brunch Keynote Speaker: Ysabel Duron

By Linda Castillo

Award-winning TV News Journalist and Latinas Contra Cancer Founder Ysabel Duron to Serve as SJSU Latino Alumni Network’s Inaugural Legacy Brunch Keynote Speaker

SJSU Latino Alumni Network is excited to announce that award-winning TV news journalist and Latinas Contra Cancer founder Ysabel Duron, ’70 Journalism, will serve as the keynote speaker for SJSU Latino Alumni Network inaugural Legacy Brunch. The event will be held at the beautiful Silicon Valley Capital Club located in downtown San Jose on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Proceeds from the event will go to establish the SJSU LAN Scholarship Fund.


Ysabel Duron’s story, perseverance and dedicated service to the community is elevating. Raised in Salinas, Calif., Duron was inspired to pursue a college degree by her mother, who worked nights in a cannery to help support her six children’s education. Duron was a pioneering Latina broadcast journalist.  During a 43-year career, she covered regional, national and international events for stations across the country, culminating in the last two decades as a Bay Area reporter and anchor. Duron received numerous honors, including a 1974 Emmy for her coverage of the Patty Hearst kidnapping and a Radio Television News Director’s Association award for “The Child I Never Held,” a 1991 series about her reunion with a son she gave up for adoption while she was a San José State student.  


Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999, Duron covered her treatment and recovery in another award winning series, “Life With Cancer.” Struck by the absence of Latinos receiving similar care, she founded Latinas Contra Cancer in 2003 to provide community education as well as support services to low income, Spanish-speaking cancer patients and their families.

Latinas Contra Cancer has educated over 4 thousand community members, moved several hundred women and some men into cancer screenings, provided psychosocial support groups since 2007 and navigated over 400 patients through cancer treatment at Valley Medical Center Sobrato Cancer Center.


Duron is an active partner in cancer research, working with organizations such as UCSF, Stanford and Georgetown University. She currently serves on the Institutional Review Board of the ALL of Us Program (resulting from former President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative) and is a working member of a committee reporting to the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, both under the National Institutes of Health, to increase Latino engagement in genetics testing and research.


This year Ysabel will leave Latinas Contra Cancer at the end of September to launch the national Latino Cancer Institute that will work to amplify and leverage the voices and needs of agencies around the country working in the Latino cancer space. On September 28, 2017, Latinas Contra Cancer will host a fundraising event to celebrate the milestones of Latinas Contra Cancer and say farewell to Ysabel.


With your support, we can help SJSU students reach their academic dreams and build the next generation of Latino leaders. Purchase tickets for the SJSU Latino Alumni Network inaugural Legacy Brunch here:

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