Frost School of Music’s Executive Director of Marketing and Communications is honored by the American Red Cross

Frost School of Music’s Executive Director of Marketing and Communications is honored by the American Red Cross

By UM News

Frost School of Music’s Executive Director of Marketing and Communications is honored by the American Red Cross

By UM News
Patricia San Pedro, receives the American Red Cross Empowerment Award at the 24th Annual Sara Hopkins Spectrum Awards for women.

The Frost School of Music’s Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Patricia San Pedro, was honored last week with the American Red Cross Empowerment Award at the 24th Annual Sara Hopkins Spectrum Awards for women. This award recognizes outstanding women whose efforts have made significant contributions to the quality of life in South Florida and acknowledges the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity.

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Patricia is a four-time Emmy award winner who documented her breast cancer journey in 2008 when she was diagnosed.  She videotaped her entire “dance with cancer”, as she calls it, including several surgeries and one year of chemotherapy, starting four hours after hearing the words, “you have cancer”. Patricia’s goal was to inform, support, educate and empower others who would walk the same path.  The one year of video footage led to a Discovery Channel documentary “The Cancer Dancer”, which aired in Latin America and the U.S. and a similarly titled book aimed at helping newly diagnosed women. Patricia formed a global support group for women cancer called the Link of Hope Sistas which is part of her health and wellness community, www.PositivelyPat.com