Cancer Survivor’s Dinner 2014

Cancer survivors and caregivers to be honoured

As Published in Cayman Reporter

In honour of cancer survivors and their caregivers, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society will host its Annual Cancer Survivors Dinner on Friday, 6 June, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Beach Resort.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, and will be followed by dinner and an inspirational programme featuring live music, a guest speaker and a grand prize draw. This year’s event will also be sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) who have partnered with the Cancer Society to honour Cayman’s 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 honouring the personal journeys of cancer survivors,” said Dr Sook Yin, advocacy director of the Cancer Society. “This is a truly inspirational celebration—every year brings tears, laughter and the chance to honour survivors for their strength and courage and recognise family and friends for their unending support.

“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,” she added.

The evening will feature guest speaker, Carolyn Lammersfeld, National Vice President of Integrative Medicine at CTCA and co-author of Cancer Nutrition & Recipes for Dummies. Lammersfeld’s message will focus on the importance of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle before, during and after 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 CTCA to ensure expanded access to integrative, oncology-specific care and provide quality options for men, women and families in Cayman considering cancer treatment in the US.

“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 CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center, located in Philadelphia.

“CTCA was founded on the principle of providing truly patient-centered care and we hope our new relationship with the Cancer Society translates into healthier lives for everyone living on Island through education on cancer prevention and treatment,” Dr Standiford added. “We know that modern cancer treatment is individualised to each person, based on their specific cancer, goals, and lifestyle. As we learn more about the challenges unique to the people and physicians of the Cayman Islands, we hope to provide the same individualised support to the community at large with the resources we can offer.”

Survivors and their caregivers who wish to attend the dinner should contact the Cancer Society on 9497618 or email Reservations are required by Wednesday, 4 June. There is no charge to attend the event.

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