Breast cancer fundraiser scheduled

This year’s RE/MAX-sponsored Breast Cancer Gala Dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on 17 October, 2009, starting with a champagne reception at 6pm and followed by a three-course dinner.

The event is a black-tie evening of breast cancer awareness and the celebration of survivors.

Last year’s event, held in October, was planned as a one-time fundraiser. However, due to the success of the event and the constant need for funding for cancer patients in the community, it will now be annual.

The evening features a festive atmosphere, high-end cuisine, music and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, the items for which are listed on the Breast Cancer Gala Dinner website, which is being updated continuously.

Funds raised at the gala will provide financial help to breast cancer patients and support long-term projects related to breast cancer. ‘A big part of the funds raised at the inaugural gala last year have been designated by the organisers and the Cancer Society for the establishment of a population-based cancer registry.’, explained Christine Sanders, chief executive officer of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

‘The registry will eventually collect information about all cases of cancer in the Cayman Islands, not just breast cancer. It will be able to provide information which is crucial to cancer control to governmental and non-governmental agencies for the planning and funding of services.’

Ms Sanders added that members of the public who have had cancer and may be listed on the registry should not be concerned about the sharing of the registry’s information.

‘One of the cornerstones of a cancer registry is confidentiality and this will be guaranteed,’ said Ms Sanders.

Funds from last year’s event meant that financial support was also provided to the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens for its awareness, prevention and mammogram programme and to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the group’s worldwide research efforts.

‘Many in the Cayman Islands have been affected by breast cancer and with the event we want to make a difference,’ says James Bovell, broker and owner of RE/MAX Cayman Islands.

‘The aim is to significantly reduce the cases of breast cancer by prevention, early detection and by having the right services available to patients. The registry is a first step to get the correct information on what is needed in the Cayman Islands and to providing vital information to our community.’

The Breast Cancer Gala Dinner is a platform for the community to show its support and participation at one of the most widely-publicised fundraising events of the year.

For further information on the event contact [email protected] or visit breastcancergala.ky.

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