More than 200 breast cancer
survivors, friends and family arrived in Cayman on board the Carnival Freedom
cruise ship from Miami earlier this month.
Members of the Lions Club of
Tropical Gardens welcomed the women, nine of whom were from the Cayman Islands,
at the Royal Watler pier.
During their seven-day trip on the
high seas, the group stopped off in Key West, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios,
Jamaica before returning to Miami.
The Lions Club sponsored four survivors
or “thrivers” as they like to be called, on the cruise, two of whom took along
One of these survivors was the
recipient of a $1,000 prize donated by Rachell Hall’s Breasthetics Clinic. Another family was granted an upgrade to a
cabin on the sixth deck which carried its own balcony.
On the ship, the cruisers attended
workshops by Suzie Humphreys and Sherry Lebed Davis, inspirational speakers and
authors of several books, who are also breast cancer survivors.
Other speakers included oncologist Dr.
Kenneth Miller, who provided each attendee with a copy of his book “Choices in
Breast Cancer Treatment”, and 15-year breast cancer survivor Chris Hubbard who
spoke on “What’s in your Healing Cupboard?”
The survivors also took part in an interactive
workshop by breast cancer survivor Augusta Williams, instructor of “Dancing with
the Divas”. Participants showed off their dance-floor skills from line dancing
to free fall, from the Electric Slide to Cha Cha.
Upon their arrival in Grand Cayman,
the group was taken on a bus tour to local attractions including Boatswain’s
Beach, followed by lunch at Senor Frog’s in George Town.
Joining the cruisers for lunch were
eight breast cancer survivors who live in Grand Cayman and who were guests of
the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.
Ms Hubbard, inspirational motivator
and speaker at last year’s breast cancer awareness campaign, said “being back
here in the Cayman Islands among friends and people who care so much about
breast cancer warms the heart”.
Lion Liz Smith, self-sponsored “thriver”
on the cruise, said: “This is so wonderful… the banner, balloons and presence
of the Lions was truly a warm welcome for us all”.
Carol Kelly, a breast cancer
survivor who was also on the cruise, said at the lunch at Senor Frog’s, “I am
overwhelmed and feel so appreciated – words cannot describe how I feel. This cruise took me out of normal work
routine and helped me to relax and enjoy myself.”
The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is
instrumental in raising awareness of breast cancer in Cayman and vowed to
continue its work in promoting early detection programmes.