Artists invoke hope in cancer fight

Artists pose with some of their artwork at the Chemotherapy Unit.

Cayman Islands artists helped spread a message of hope for cancer patients, survivors, and their friends and families with works on display at the Cayman Islands Hospital’s Chemotherapy Unit.

The exhibit was sponsored by the Health Services Authority on Feb. 4, World Cancer Day.

Members of the HSA chemotherapy team, from leftt, Andrew Ward, Karen Pinnock, Rosanna Humphries and Cyndy Ebanks, at the World Cancer Day art exhibit.
Members of the HSA chemotherapy team, from leftt, Andrew Ward, Karen Pinnock, Rosanna Humphries and Cyndy Ebanks, at the World Cancer Day art exhibit.

Artists were asked to create works to answer the question, “What does hope look like?” By exhibiting the pieces at the Chemotherapy Unit, event organizers sought to emphasize the importance of hope in the fight against cancer.

Artist Avril Ward spearheaded the exhibit, which has previously been shown at several locations around the island, including hospital wards.

“I was extremely honored to be asked to transform the Chemotherapy Unit on World Cancer Day,” Ms. Ward said. “I believe, along with medication and early detection, a positive state of mind and the hope patients have, along with the encouragement from those who support them, is one of our greatest weapons against all diseases.”

The gathering brought together cancer patients, survivors, healthcare providers and artists, providing an opportunity for all to engage, connect and reflect while exploring their own meaning of hope.

“It’s a great blessing to care for our cancer patients,” said HSA chemotherapy nurse Cyndy Ebanks. “They teach us humility, trust, strength and endurance. I am honored to be a small part of their journey of living with and surviving cancer.”

HSA chief executive Lizzette Yearwood, who also attended the event, said, “Both cancer awareness and treatment are very near and dear to my heart. I applaud all the amazing professionals who work tirelessly to ensure care is received. I also applaud the many individuals and families who are fighting or have fought cancer in our community and globally. Your strength and courage are truly inspiring.”

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