This Badge of Courage is named after Mayte Prida. Her friend Aida Phillips, sent us this about her dear friend.
I would like to nominate my dear friend, Mayte Prida to have a badge of courage named in her honor. Mayte is a television, web and radio host, author and motivational speaker, and one of the most prominent Hispanic advocates for women and health issues in the country today. In 2001 adversity struck Mayte after being diagnosed with breast cancer in an advanced stage at the age of 38. She wrote her ordeal in her first book and documentary “A Difficult Journey, my battle with cancer” and documented her first year fighting the disease with the hopes of helping other women affected by cancer. Since then, she began a new career. She got herself involved in different women-oriented organizations as well as health issues for minorities. In 2004 Ford Motor Co. named her Hispanic spokesperson for their national Breast Health Awareness campaign and she began traveling all over the country as a motivational speaker. Later on in 2006, The Pharmaceutical Research Manufactures of America (PhRMA) named Mayte their first Hispanic spokesperson. She began a national tour as part of their minorities outreach efforts with their patient assistance program PPA.
I am proud to call Mayte my friend and prouder of the strength, courage and love she gives to the world. I love you Mayte!
The Mayte Prida Badge of Courage is the perfect gift for a breast cancer patient. Its cheery, bright colors light up a room. A golden sun, made entirely from embroidered beads greets you. Its rays, extending from the sides of the bright orange badge, meet at a bright green center. In between the rays are hematite beads, giving the sun power and shine. This badge has the choice of the following words: VITALITY (ENG.), VITALIDAD (SPAN.), LIFE or SURVIVOR (ENG.) hand embroidered on the back, providing a feeling of energy to all women.
SIZES: S (3.25″ wide x 2″ high)
M (4″ wide x 2.5″ high)
L (4.5″ wide x 2.5″ high)
Due to the handmade nature, no two badges are the same. Because of this, some of the embroidered words may be different in color than pictured on this website. Made in Chile, by women who have been directly affected by breast cancer, they provide a fair wage to women whose work is not exploited, but rather, appreciated.