Cancer care fund launched

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society and Health Services Authority have joined forces to launch a Cancer Care Fund.

This fund is the successor to the Women Helping Women Memorial Fund established by the Society to raise funds to purchase a digital mammography machine. The Society donated the machine to the Health Services Authority last year, said a press release.

The objectives of the Cancer Care Fund are: to develop a comprehensive cancer program for the Cayman Islands with a focus on diagnostic and treatment-related issues; to purchase equipment to be used for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the Cayman Islands; and to fund cancer research in the Cayman Islands.

The fund’s sources of income will be from donations from the community as well as a contribution by the HSA for each mammogram performed at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The fund is administered by a committee comprising three directors of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, three directors from the HSA, a representative from the Ministry of Health and a member of the community.

The representatives from the Society are Victor Opitz, Scott Elliott and Dr. Sook Yin. The HSA representatives are Parson Al Ebanks, Dr. Tamer Tadros and Lizzette Yearwood. Diane Montoya represents the Ministry of Health and Lynne Whittaker is the community representative and Chairperson of the Committee.

Christine Sanders is the Secretary to the Committee which will meet on a quarterly basis.

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For more information on the Cancer Care Fund and how you can contribute to it, please contact Christine Sanders at 949-7618 or email [email protected]

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