Artists create hope at chemotherapy unit

| 09/02/2016
Cayman News Service

Artwork on display at World Cancer Day exhibit

(CNS): The Health Services Authority (HSA) observed World Cancer Day by hosting a local art exhibit at the chemotherapy unit. The event emphasised the importance of hope within the cancer journey. World Cancer Day, which is commemorated every year on 4 February, aims to unite the world in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.

Artist Avril Ward, who spearheaded the initiative, themed “What does hope look like”, brought together other local artists to display their creations for the exhibit. This intimate gathering united cancer patients and survivors, and provided an opportunity to engage and connect with the artists and explore their own meaning of hope.

“I was extremely honoured to be asked to transform the chemotherapy unit on World Cancer Day,” said Ward. “I believe, along with medication and early detection, a positive state of mind and the hope patients have along with the encouragement from those who support them is one of our greatest weapons against all diseases. The ‘What does hope look like’ art exhibition is all about just that, spreading hope through visual art to the people who need it most.”

The event also allowed members of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and chemotherapy unit the opportunity to connect with both existing and previous patients who they have come to know and care for.

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Staff of the chemotherapy unit (L-R): Andrew Ward, Rosanna Humphries, Karen Pinnock and Cyndy Ebanks

“It’s a great blessing to care for our cancer patients; they teach us humility, trust, strength and endurance. I am honoured to be a small part of their journey of living with and surviving cancer,” said Cyndy Ebanks, HSA chemotherapy nurse.

HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood, who attended the exhibit, said, “Both cancer awareness and treatment are very near and dear to my heart. I applaud all the amazing professionals who work tirelessly to ensure care is received.

“I also applaud the many individuals and families who are fighting or have fought cancer in our community and globally. Your strength and courage are truly inspiring.”

She added, “The theme of this year’s World Cancer Day, ‘We Can. I Can,’ highlights the importance of community and individual responsibility to take action in both raising awareness and identifying opportunities for prevention.” She called on the community to work together to inspire healthier lifestyles.

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Category: Medical and Health, Visual Arts

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