Imagine that you have no health insurance, no primary care physician, and no family or friends nearby. One afternoon a clinician says, "Usted tiene cáncer" (you have cancer). Hundreds of Latinas in the Washington area don't need to imagine: this is already their reality. Founded in 1996 by Latina breast cancer survivors and health professionals, Nueva Vida (New Life) has since delivered support services to over 3,500 Latino families. The only agency of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, it offers comprehensive programs that serve the specific needs of this group – speaking their language, guiding them through the difficult days of diagnosis, and assisting them with access to treatment and life-saving healthcare. The Access Program provides culturally competent and bilingual "patient navigation" through a confusing universe of options; the Survivorship Support Program offers caring, and culturally expert, mental health support. Winner of the 2011 Society of Behavioral Medicine Community Engagement Award, Nueva Vida has given new life to so many: get engaged too, and support this critically important work.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Baltimore, MD. Richmond, VA

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: Asian American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

*1997 Award of Excellence by National Race for the Cure.
*1998 Survivor of the Year by National Race for the Cure.
*Lifetime TV Breast Cancer Hero Awards: (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005).
*2001 Service to Cancer Survivorship Award.
*2006 Compassion Award by the Cancer Center at George Washington Hospital.
*DC Women’s Foundation Leadership Award, 2007.
*NBCC Breast Cancer Best Practices Award, 2007.


Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Nueva Vida is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $37 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

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