Sagicor supports Cancer Society educational initiatives

| 01/09/2016
CNS Local Life

Norman Wilson (right) of Sagicor Life presents a donation to Victoria Anderson of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society

(CNS): A corporate donation to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society will be used to help the organisation acquire presentation materials for its ongoing awareness and educational programmes. Sagicor Life Cayman Islands recently handed over more than US$1,400 to the Cancer Society to support its free community cancer-education initiatives. Jennifer Weber, operations manager for the Cancer Society, stressed the importance of donations to their work. “Early detection and awareness are keys to the work we do in the community so we do many free presentations throughout the year,” she said.

“When we provide members of the community with free brochures, and other educational materials, they all cost money and impact our budget. It’s a big help to have Sagicor provide this donation which will allow us to order some new presentation items which will help us bring (our) awareness and early detection message to the people.”

Norman Wilson, Sagicor Life branch manager, noted the good work of the Cancer Society and added that he was pleased his company continues to help the organisation realise its goals. “The Cancer Society has a history of outstanding work in the community to improve the management and treatment of cancer,” he said. “Their activities are aimed at improving the lives of the Cayman population and we support this mandate.”

Weber added that her organisation has done significant work since it was established in 1988. “The Cancer Society purchased the first digital mammogram in the Caribbean and gave it to the HSA (Health Services Authority) so any woman who has had a mammogram there in the last six years has benefitted.

“The Cancer Society raised funds and created a new state-of-the-art chemotherapy unit as a gift to the HSA for the benefit of everyone in the community.”

She explained the significance of the unit to patients in Cayman. “Since the unit opened, more people have been able to stay ‘home’ in Cayman to receive their treatments surrounded by the people who love them,” Weber said. “We have provided hospital equipment such as wheelchairs, beds and walkers to members of the community who need them in addition to the cancer patients we exist to serve.”

In addition, the Cancer Society provides five kinds of charity voucher cancer screenings year round. Free presentations, which help to raise awareness of cancer issues, are ongoing. The organisation also supports people diagnosed with cancer who are in need of financial assistance. The entity currently helps approximately 150 people.

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