Cancer Society windfall

Big-brained, trivia-loving emergency services workers who were the champions of a five-week quiz tournament last week donated their $500 winnings to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. 

Team member Chelsea Doxey, 25, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer, presented the cash to Jennifer Weber, operations manager of the Cancer Society on Wednesday, the day after the seven-member Blues and Twos quiz team took the trivia crown at the Doghouse. 

The team’s name is derived from the ambulance’s blue light and two-tone siren, Ms Doxey explained. 

“I wanted to give the winnings to the Cancer Society because I have cancer and also it’s a good cause. I know a lot of women can’t afford to get mammograms done and getting a mammogram once you’re over the age of 40 is important. It’s especially important here because the incidents of breast cancer seems extremely high. 

“Any kind of preventive testing, I’m 100 per cent supportive of and I’ll do anything I can to help,” said paramedic Ms Doxey. 

The money donated by The Blues and Twos team will pay for five women to have mammograms, said Ms Weber. 

Ms Doxey, who was diagnosed with cancer on 2 August has undergone two chemotherapy treatments so far and is awaiting four more. She shaved off her long hair after her first treatment as she realised it was beginning to fall out. 

When she and fellow quiz team member Natari Levy showed up at the Cancer Society, Ms Weber thought that the bandana-wearing Ms Doxey had come to seek assistance from the Cancer Society, so admitted she was pleasantly surprised when she heard the duo were there to hand over money instead. 

Ms Doxey and her team started taking part in the weekly Tuesday night quiz at the Doghouse in August. 

Most of the team work at the Health Services Authority’s Emergency Services, and as well as Ms Doxey and Ms Levy, included Cilicia Doxey – who is Chelsea’s twin sister – Stephen Duval, Debra Gaffigan, Catharine Pride and Deighton Parker. 

Driving ambulances and travelling throughout the districts to answer emergency calls and pick up and drop off patients came in handy for one round of questions in the final waiver round on one quiz night, Ms Doxey said, as quiz master JB listed six street names and asked the teams to match up the streets with the districts they were in. “We nailed that one,” she said. 

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Chelsea Doxey, right, presents Jennifer Weber of the Cancer Society with the quiz winnings. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY

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