Emmy, Tony and Grammy award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon will be the featured guest speaker at the Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation’s gala dinner on Oct. 1.
Ms. Nixon has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, television shows and plays, and may be best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in the TV series “Sex in the City.” She is also a breast cancer survivor and activist.
In 2015, Ms. Nixon played the role of a cancer survivor in the movie “James White” only months after her mother died following a third battle with breast cancer.
Ms. Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, and after completing treatment she became a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Although she kept her diagnosis quiet while in treatment for privacy reasons, in a video for the Komen Foundation, Ms. Nixon said that one of her main reasons for becoming an activist was because she felt like she had a “really concrete” and “very useful” story to tell.
“And my story is not just my story, but it’s my mother’s and my story, which is be proactive, get your mammograms, don’t be afraid,” she said in the video. “This is a really handle-able disease if you catch it in time, and the worst thing you can do is be too afraid to get a mammogram and check it out.”
Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation spokesperson Janette Fitzgerald said there has been a “deluge” of interest in the event since it was revealed Monday that Ms. Nixon would be this year’s guest speaker.
“People don’t need to know the speaker, they know it’s always somebody good. But once I sent that message out yesterday – we’re almost sold out,” Ms. Fitzgerald said. “We’re very excited, I think it’s going to be a fabulous event as always.”
The fundraising gala has attracted several celebrity guest speakers in recent years, including Joan Lunden, Hoda Kotb and Bill and Giuliana Rancic.
The gala raises thousands of dollars every year, providing financial support to several local charities working to educate the public about breast cancer and providing aid for treatment costs.
The event began in 2008 as a way for Kim Lund to honor his late wife Brenda Tibbetts Lund, who died after a battle with breast cancer 10 years earlier, and to carry on her work in raising awareness about the disease. Although it was intended to be a one-time event, it has become one of the most successful annual events in the Cayman Islands.
Featuring live and silent auctions, musical performances and the emcee stylings of Pinnacle Media’s Vicki Wheaton, the event is not only entertaining, but also educational.
Treatment to be highlighted
This year the event will highlight a treatment called “cold capping,” which helps breast cancer patients prevent hair-loss during chemotherapy. The Breast Cancer Foundation is installing “cold caps” and the biometric freezers to store them in at all three hospitals in Grand Cayman, as well as training the nursing staff in their use.
Cold caps help stop hair loss during cancer treatment by cooling the scalp, narrowing blood vessels beneath the skin and limiting the amount of chemotherapy that reaches the hair follicles. The caps have a more than 65 percent effectiveness rate at stopping hair loss during chemotherapy, according to information from the Breast Cancer Foundation.
The ‘pink tie’ event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman starts at 6 p.m. with a champagne reception followed by a three course meal. Tickets are $350 per person; $3,500 for a table of 10.
Those wishing to donate to the auction may contact Ms. Fitzgerald at [email protected] or call 939-1135.