Lighting up lavender for cancer awareness

The Cancer Society building is lit up in lavender.

People may have noticed something different this month about the lighting at night at a number of buildings throughout Grand Cayman.

To mark World Cancer Awareness Month, the buildings of several organisations and businesses are lighting up lavender.

So far, the lavender glow can be found at the Health Services Authority and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, and throughout Camana Bay.

Jennifer Weber, operations manager at the Cancer Society, explained that lavender is the colour that denotes all cancers, much as pink represents breast cancer, blue for prostate cancer, black for melanoma, or gold for childhood cancer.

The Cayman Islands Hospital, run by the Health Services Authority, is another site which has joined the lavender lighting campaign this month.

“We join the world in observing World Cancer Awareness Day in Cayman on 4 Feb. each year and extend the awareness throughout the month of February,” Weber said. “Around the world, cancer impacts so many people as a worldwide health concern, so we do what we can to spread awareness.

“Every year, we have people from the community tell us they appreciate seeing all the cancer colours represented because their loved one had bladder cancer or lung cancer and they feel like the less-common cancers often go unnoticed.”

A lavender glow can be found at the RBC building in Camana Bay.

She added that she hoped that during this month, people will be encouraged to spread awareness, provide support and inspire hope in some way.

“If they want to do something to show their support for all cancers, they should. Some businesses ask staff to do a dress-down day in February, or call us to ask if they can buy something lavender for staff, like a bracelet or a pin. Others post the list of all the cancer awareness ribbon colours in a common place for members of their school, staff, or church to see,” Weber said.

The Cancer Society has sent information to corporate human resource departments, schools and churches to let them know the specific ribbon colour for each cancer, but the lavender ribbon shows “universal support for the fight against cancer”, she added.

“So, if anyone is wondering why lavender lighting is in our community this month, this is the reason,” she said.

For more information, call 949-7618 or visit www.cics.ky.