FirstCaribbean International Bank continues to support the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
‘FirstCaribbean has been our partner through the years. They have generously helped with several fundraising drives including the acquiring of a mammogram machine and providing annual sponsorship for a water station on our walks,’ said Christine Sanders, Cayman Islands Cancer Society general manager.
FirstCaribbean’s contribution will help toward the organisation’s financial assistance and awareness programmes, states a press release.
‘We believe that cancer does not have to mean a death sentence. This is why we are geared towards educating the public,’ she said.
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society aims to increase awareness among the people of the Cayman Islands of cancer as a major health condition, to prevent its development and to counsel and support cancer patients and their families.
‘We offer financial assistance to cancer patients who meet the criteria with treatment-related expenses. Patients need only to drop by or call our office to have their requests be assessed by the board of directors,’ Ms Sanders said.
Focusing more on prevention rather than cure, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society is taking its education services where people are.
‘Apart from our regular community sessions, we are making presentations for the corporate sector in their workplace. We’ve just completed a session for FirstCaribbean staff,’ she said.
Next month, the organisation will be concentrating on tackling cancers that affect males and they expect a real challenge.
‘Men are not as sensitive to health issues as women are but they have to understand that, too, have to be proactive,’ she said.
No matter what the obstacles, the organisation will stand firm to battle the disease. ‘We are grateful to institutions like FirstCaribbean International Bank who are always willing to fight alongside us,’ concluded Christine.
Tom Crawford, managing director for FirstCaribbean, said, “We all appreciate the excellent service, support and kindness that the CI Cancer Society and its many volunteers do in Cayman. Cancer has or will affect all of us in some way and FirstCaribbean is proud to assist through this donation.”