Ten local cancer survivors were honored on Wednesday as the Giving Hope Foundation launched its first digital magazine, aimed at raising cancer awareness and encouraging people to get tested because early detection saves lives.
The Giving Hope Foundation is a local non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness about cancer and support patients. As part of the effort to fulfill its mandate, regular cancer screenings are carried out.
On Wednesday, however, Foundation founder and medical oncologist Dr Latoya Gooding explained that the foundation has not been able to perform these screenings in recent times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And, she lamented, “… I find that people are putting testing on the back burner because of the pandemic. “
In this capacity, she and a team spent about a month compiling a magazine with stories from cancer survivors. The purpose of this magazine, she said, was to empower these 10 women and also encourage people to get tested and tested.
“We can beat cancer with early diagnosis, we can beat cancer with awareness sessions, we can beat cancer with only our cancer survivors telling their stories to encourage others,” said Dr. Gooding.
The cover of the magazine features 17-year-old Mekyla Belgrave, who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma as a baby. The young woman, unable to see, is currently taking her Caribbean Secondary School Certificate (CBSC) exams.
Many other stories focus on women who have battled breast cancer and other types of cancer.
The link to view the magazine can be accessed by visiting the Giving Hope Foundation Facebook page or by clicking on here.