The Charity

Sponsors

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society

The CICS is a non-profit charitable organisation established in 1995. It receives no assistance from the government and is entirely reliant on donations which it receives from individuals and corporations. CICS is not an affiliate of any overseas Cancer Societies.

 

In order to maximize each donation, CICS works with other local groups to fulfil their charitable mission and help the people in our community. The money raised in Cayman is used to help the people in Cayman.

 

CICS uses funds raised to help the community in several ways:

 

1. In partnership with the Health Services Authority, CICS supports large scale public health initiatives. In particular, the CICS:

 

  • has built and requires ongoing funding for a new, state-of-the-art Chemotherapy Unit where patients can comfortably receive chemotherapy treatment;
  • is paying the salary of a full-time employee who is creating a National Cancer Registry to provide accurate statistics about cancer in Cayman; and
  • is taking the lead on bringing the HPV cervical cancer vaccine to Cayman for both public and private sector physicians and has been providing vaccines free to public students (with parental consent)  to help reduce the rate of cervical cancer in the next generation.

 

2. The CICS provides those cancer patients with the greatest need for financial help with aid and assistance by:

 

  • lending or renting equipment not available elsewhere on Island, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, and walkers;
  • providing free counseling to cancer patients and their families and friends;
  • supplying prosthetic breasts and bras;
  • providing a charity voucher programs for free mammograms and pap tests as well as PSA (prostate specific antigen) tests; and
  • providing direct financial assistance to cancer patients on a case by case basis. This can include payments for surgeries, treatments, airfare, accommodations or even food, utilities and rent. We understand that the CICS has seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients who require financial assistance.

 

3. The CICS also provides educational programmes through:
 

  • public health fairs and presentations to businesses, churches, schools, community groups, to promote cancer prevention and early detection;
  • public service awareness media campaigns to raise public awareness of various cancers (For example: “Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Get your mammogram”. Or “Nov is Men’s Cancer awareness month. Have you had your PSA test?”); and
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) presentations to all allied medical professionals on the latest diagnosis and treatment advances of various cancers.