The Barbados Cancer Society (BCS) held its annual Christmas Party at the Barbados Yacht Club on Sunday.
Approximately 125 guests attended the party, which has been hosted by the Society for over 20 years, including children that the Society has embraced from the time of their diagnoses, from toddler to 16 years.
It was a fun-filled event, with lots of food and drink as well as gifts being distributed from under the Christmas tree.
Coordinator of the Society’s Client Services and Welfare Programme Jacqueline Skeete told Barbados TODAY that the party was held every year to give those who attended a Christmas experience.
She said the Society has not only cultivated relationships with the children and their parents, but it has developed a bond with adults diagnosed with cancer and their families, from diagnoses through chemotherapy, while they are in hospital and at home.
Skeete noted that volunteers visit patients daily when they are hospitalized and follow their progress through the high and low points of hospitalization. She further explained that funds are provided to assist with medication, emergency transportation, sleep wear, meals, taxis, and grocery vouchers.
“This year, we have provided support for newly diagnosed children, and continued with our services to many families coping with cancer. While most are recovering, several are still under continued surveillance.
“We also include children that have lost their parents to cancer. The Barbados Cancer Society will fund the airline ticket for a young child travelling to a hospital that will perform surgery,” Skeete said.
The Society’s Client Services and Welfare Programme Coordinator spoke about a 20-year-old man who has progressed to secure permanent work. However, the Society continues to communicate with the overseas medical centre that provides his medication which is required for life, and to direct him in areas, such as participating in successful activities.
She also indicated that there is an 18-year-old who has received support from age 10, when he developed Osteosarcoma and his leg was amputated at his hip.
“BCS has been involved with his family through funds raised in the event Round the island race for Mr Burke. He has completed his schooling and he has an unwavering determination to pursue garden maintenance as his livelihood. However, the old weed wacker was stolen.
“The Society approached Republic Bank Barbados Ltd. and the bank graciously agreed to fund the cost of a weed wacker which allowed us to obtain a refurbished one with a discount from Garden and Equipment,” she said. (AH)