Lions Club of Tropical Gardens
Breast Cancer Awareness
October, recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide, also became a reality for the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens many years ago when one of its members, Merilda Miller had a dear friend and colleague who was diagnosed with the disease. The Club set out to make support and early detection information more available to women living in the Cayman Islands, hence the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 1997. Since that time the Club has supported the month long event through community outreach, the issuing of free mammogram vouchers, fundraisers and educational materials.
The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is proud to continue its union with the Cayman Islands Health Services Association, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Medlab, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, the medical community, government departments, and businesses in promoting this awareness and providing mammograms. Early in the planning stage, costs for the mammograms are agreed by the providers; funds raised to provide the same by way of free mammogram vouchers.
To further help our Breast Cancer Outreach and education we try to come up with new and creative ways to raise awareness in the community. One approach is that of distributing giveaway packages at the District Clinics, District Awareness Nights and the Brenda Tibbetts Lund 5K Walk /Run. Some of the items include monthly planners with wellness tips, emery boards bearing our slogan of the year, key rings, shower cards with instructions on breast self-exams, t-shirts, carry bags, and pens.
The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens realizes that this programme helps both men and women cope with breast cancer, beginning with the possibility of its diagnosis and continuing through treatment and recovery, if necessary. The recommendation is that mammograms are done once every two years for those over 40.