Dinner to celebrate cancer survivors

A dinner to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and their caregivers will be held Friday, just days after National Cancer Survivors Day was observed among millions worldwide on June 1.  

“A cancer survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. Whether you’re in treatment, just diagnosed, or have been in remission for 20 years, you’re a cancer survivor,” according to the National Cancer Survivors Day’s website. 

The annual Cancer Survivors Dinner will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Beach Resort, followed by a dinner in honor of cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

“The Cancer Survivors Dinner is the greatest opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate life and hope while honoring the personal journeys of cancer survivors,” said Dr. Sook Yin, advocacy director of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. 

“This is a truly inspirational celebration – every year brings tears, laughter and the chance to honor survivors for their strength and courage and recognize family and friends for their unending support,” said Dr. Yin.  

This year’s event will feature beach attire, and there will be live music and a guest speaker. The dinner is sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which have partnered with the Cancer Society. 

“We are delighted to welcome Cancer Treatment Centers of America to this year’s celebration. We greatly value their support and we are looking forward to them playing an active role in our community,” Dr. Yin added. 

About 100 cancer survivors attended last year’s dinner.  

The dinners are not sad events but rather a celebration of life, according to Jennifer Weber, program coordinator of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. 

The evening will feature guest speaker Carolyn Lammersfeld, national vice president of integrative medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and co-author of “Cancer Nutrition and Recipes for Dummies.” 

Ms. Lammersfeld’s presentation will focus on the importance of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle before, during and after cancer treatment. She will share advice for the whole family on making healthy choices and ensuring a healthy, cancer-protective diet. Each survivor will receive a complimentary copy of the book, signed by the author.  

In 2013, several Cayman insurance providers partnered with Cancer Treatment Centers of America to help expand access to integrative, oncology-specific care and provide more options for patients in Cayman considering cancer treatment in the U.S. 

“We are thrilled to work in partnership with the Cancer Society and proud to sponsor this year’s survivors dinner,” said Steven Standiford, chief of staff and surgical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at the Eastern Regional Medical Center, located in Philadelphia.  


Last year’s Cancer Survivors Dinner drew a large crowd. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY