Lions help Brac chemo patients

A donation by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens means Cayman Brac cancer patients will no longer need to fly to Grand Cayman for chemotherapy treatments.

The club is paying for the training of two chemotherapy nurses at Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac, as well as for three intravenous pumps for chemo treatments.

Elva Smith, president of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, presented the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority with two cheques to cover the cost of the IV pumps and the nurses’ training.

“This donation will help fulfil a need, benefiting both patients and the community,” Ms Smith said.

Lizzette Yearwood, chief executive officer of the Health Services Authority, thanked the club for the donation.

“Currently, chemotherapy patients in Cayman Brac must travel to George Town for their treatments. Many times they are alone and unwell after their treatment and must travel back to Cayman Brac,” Ms Yearwood said. “This donation will help allow these treatments to take place in Cayman Brac, eliminating additional travel for the chemotherapy patients.”