Nevisian Health Minister lauds efforts of Pink Lily in breast cancer awareness
?We need to start really taking care of our women and men in Nevis and making them aware of cancer and the dangers of it and the dangers of not being aware of it because early detection saves lives.
?As a cancer patient myself I am still receiving treatment and I was very fortunate to be in England at the time where I was able to get all my treatment free of charge all the mammograms, surgery, everything free of charge it isn?t the same case here in Nevis or in the Caribbean so I am using my experience to try and do something good with it and take the fear out of having cancer,? she said.
Pink Lily was launched on Nevis on February 9th 2008. The inspiration for the charity came following the diagnosis of breast cancer in both her mother and herself within 2 weeks of each other in April 2007.
Aware of the lack of cancer care and treatment in Nevis, Ms. Parris decided to use her own personal breast cancer experience, her skills and her positive attitude to set up an organisation that will raise awareness of breast cancer; provide support for those and their families living with it and raise funds to provide quality cancer care and treatment for women and men living in Nevis.
In celebration of Pink Lily?s first anniversary Ms. Parris pointed to the planned events to mark the organisation’s birthday.
On the 21st there will be a family fun day at the CSS Villa and on February 28 they will host a Charity Gala to thank all its sponsors and contributors and also to remember all those people who have lost to cancer.
It is expected to be a night of entertainment, inspiration and education.
In March the Organisation planned to commence an awareness campaign.
?We would like to go into high schools and start educating the young girls. Once they start developing breast they need to know how to check their breast so that if they do detect anything unusual they can detect it early and get it seen to so that we can detect cancer very early.
?I have been filming from the first time when I was diagnosed with cancer I filmed the whole journey from my surgery through treatment having chemo therapy and so they will be on television and television programmes to show people what it is like to go through treatment to take the fear from it,? she said.