The Lions Step In
The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens decided it would take a stand. Lions brought information, awareness and resources to their community, and distributed hundreds of vouchers for mammograms. “We’ve made it our signature project because it is an issue that is very dear to our hearts,” said Carmin Godfrey, a member of the Tropical Gardens Lions Club.
Lions also established a memorial 5K walk and hundreds of walkers and runners turn out for the event each year. In addition, they provide financial and emotional support to women undergoing treatment.
Hard Work Pays Off
But the Lions didn’t stop there. Because most breast cancers can be treated successfully if caught early on, the Lions began several educational efforts. Each October, Lions organize sessions in each of the seven community districts on Grand Cayman. These workshops discuss breast health, mammograms, self examinations and how to reduce risk factors.
And their efforts have paid off – a local doctor reports that advanced breast cancer has dropped significantly and they’re seeing breast cancer patients sooner, creating a higher rate of treatment success. “I just want to say thank you, you have no idea how much your support means,” said breast cancer survivor Becky Ebanks. “Everyday it’s saving a life.”
Each year, Lions provide between 500 and 600 vouchers for free mammograms. And more than 5,000 women have benefitted from the educational and preventative measures Lions provide.