The Cayman Islands Cancer Society provides education on cancers and direct assistance to cancer patients and their families.
The small non-profit organisation has two full-time and one part-time staff members – along with a mighty corps of community volunteers – who work to increase awareness of cancer as a major health concern in the Cayman Islands.
Setup in 1995, the Society has come a long way since its early beginnings. As the need for cancer information and support services increases, so does the Society’s efforts to better serve and educate the community. The independent organisation receives no money from the government, nor does it have any affiliation with any other organisation, existing instead through donations from individuals and corporations to ensure that all monies raised in Cayman stays in Cayman.
Almost no one can afford to have cancer. The Society provides assistance in a variety of ways, including access to a lending library of books on cancer, nutrition and other topics of interest and the lending and renting of hospital equipment, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs and walkers. The organisation also offers free counselling to cancer patients, families and friends and financial aid to those in need – from payments for surgeries and treatments to airfare, accommodations, food and rent. For women who have lost their breasts to cancer, the Cancer Society is the exclusive retailer of prosthetic breasts and bras in Cayman.
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is pioneering a national Cancer Registry. Founded in April 2010, today collected data is used to compare local cancer rates and trends with other Caribbean islands and the rest of the world to provide better, effective analysis of cancer in the Cayman Islands.
Part of the Camana Bay Christmas Give, visit Books & Books in Camana Bay and purchase or donate a book to the Cancer Society’s lending library. For every five books purchased, Books & Books will add one more to the donation. Or stop by The Discovery Centre to make a specific donation to the Cancer Society. CI$10 will buy a wig for a chemo patient, CI$25 will pay for a prostate exam for a man who can’t afford it or CI$100 will provide a mammogram to a woman in need.