Getting some exercise and fresh air, along with some friendly competition, the Brac community recently got together to raise funds for breast cancer awareness efforts.

Cayman Brac’s Brenda Tibbetts-Lund 5K run/walk project is a joint venture between the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens and the Cayman Brac Lions Club. This year it was held on Sept. 17, with participants making their way from the Brac Reef Beach Resort to Fosters Corner and back. The event kicks off a series of breast cancer awareness activities across the Cayman Islands

throughout October organized by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.

“In the Brac, as a joint project with Tropical Gardens of Grand Cayman this event has been going for approximately 10 years,” said Lions Club of Cayman Brac president Dionne Smith.

“A total of almost 60 persons participated in the run/walk this year. And although it is not a team event, for the first time this year we had a trophy for the corporate group that had the most participants represented, which went to the Cayman Brac Power and Light Company.”

The run/walk was followed by a forum on breast cancer awareness at the Brac Reef Beach Resort. Dr. Kimon Bonadie from Grand Cayman spoke on cancer awareness and nurse Paula Simpson discussed nutrition.

Ms. Smith said a little under $600 was raised from the event, which was organized by several members of the clubs’ health committees.

The Cayman Brac Power and Light team was the largest participating, pictured with Lions Club of Cayman Brac president Dionne Smith, in yellow vest, and Lions Club of Tropical Gardens president Maureen Robinson in pink.
The Cayman Brac Power and Light team was the largest participating, pictured with Lions Club of Cayman Brac president Dionne Smith, in yellow vest, and Lions Club of Tropical Gardens president Maureen Robinson in pink.

“The Lions Club is committed to hosting events of this nature so that the members of the community can become more aware and informed about breast cancer and cancer-related illness in general,” said Ms. Smith.

“Dr. Bonadie pointed out how important it is for individuals to get regular checks and get educated about cancer, as the information continues to change.”

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is marking 20 years of the Lions Breast Cancer Awareness program in the Cayman Islands. Funds raised from go toward breast cancer screening, education programs and assistance with cancer treatment. The club works with the Cayman Islands Health Services Association, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Medlab, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, the medical community, government departments and businesses in promoting breast cancer awareness and providing mammograms. On its website, the organization notes some of its achievements in the past 10 years:

“Over 9,500 mammogram vouchers, sponsored by our Club, have enabled women to proactively assess their breast health. Lives have been saved,” it states, adding that the club’s efforts have sponsored diagnostic methods like ultrasound testing.

In addition, the website states thousands of people have benefited from educational programs and support during and after treatment for breast cancer.

“An approximate 275 individuals have been meaningfully assisted with healthcare and other related costs, both at home and overseas,” it states.

“There are many cases where assistance is needed with travel expenses, accommodation and/or meals while obtaining overseas treatment. Support is also given through the purchase of prosthetic breast forms, bras, etc. At times when victims have been most vulnerable, we have sought to alleviate financial concerns, enable family members and care givers to be present and understood the importance of the arguably ‘little things’ like a prosthetic bra in restoring self-confidence.”

In Grand Cayman, the North Side Brenda Tibbetts-Lund 5K Memorial Run/Walk will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 1, and the main Brenda Tibbetts-Lund 5K Memorial Run/Walk is happening on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Holiday Inn Resort.

For more information, call 936-1739 or visit www.lctgbreastcancerawareness.com.

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