Cancer walk’s $5k

Cayman residents Penny Williams and Tina McLaughlin recently returned from participating in the 30 mile Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Family and friends from all over the world sponsored the team and a total of US$5,000 was raised for the charity.

Penny wore a T-shirt bearing the names of 30 people known to her whose lives have been touched by cancer, and she dedicated a mile of the walk to each of them.

Penny was diagnosed with breast cancer last October and completed her treatment program in the US earlier this year.

She urges women to carry out self-examinations and have regular check-ups with a health professional. “It’s one of those things in Life that you think will never happen to you, but the prevalence of this disease is on the increase and all women need to be vigilant,” Penny says.

Penny has recently signed up to be a volunteer at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and considers CICS’s efforts to purchase detection and treatment equipment for the island to be especially important.

“Radiation therapy is not available in Cayman so I had to live in Miami for almost 2 months to undergo treatment. I found it very difficult being away from my home, my job and my support network of friends. It is my fervent wish that one day Cayman will have its own linear accelerator,” Penny explains.

In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens will be offering informative seminars and free mammograms for women over 40. For further information, contact 945 4667