Survivorwear with passion

Survivorwear are garments specifically engineered to meet the needs of cancer patients dealing with the long or short-term side effects of treatment. These garments are designed and engineered by fashion designer, Raymundo (Ray) Valenzuela.

 

Ray came to the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert (CRCD) in May 2014, as a volunteer with the goal of alleviating the suffering that occurs when persons in our community are in cancer treatment. What he has accomplished in the short time that he has served as our volunteer is more than either he or we, the staff, ever imagined.

 

 Ray's resumé in the garment industry includes working with the design teams for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Hardware, M. Julian, and, most notably, for Ambercrombie & Fitch as manager of their international market. After 20 years in the industry, Ray become permanently disabled. When he became ill, he returned to his hometown, El Centro, to recover. It was during his years of dealing with his own physical disability, that Ray determined to help others dealing with disabling and disfiguring illness.

The garments that Ray has designed and engineered include hats, caps, and turbans; scarves lined with soft cotton to protect the skin that has been burned with radiation; pants and boxer shorts for men who have limited ability to either control urinary continence or limited finger/hand dexterity to unfasten and unzip pants; an ostomy undershirt designed to hold the ostomy appliance in place; a one piece jumper for persons catheterized at their kidneys; cotton breast prosthesis filled with small round "pillows" so that women can fit it to their size; a "balero" with pockets to hold drains after mastectomy; and many others.

 
Survivorwear helps heal hearts