The Belize Cancer Society of California works in Belize
Saturday, July 26th, 2014
On Monday July 21st, Arlette Pilgrim president of the Belize Cancer Society of California, USA visited the island town of San Pedro to make a donation to The San Pedro Cancer Society. The Belize Cancer Society of California is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, educating and raising funds to assist in cancer care throughout Belize. Pilgrim has been working with local cancer societies in Belize since 2012.
While in the country on her most recent trip, Pilrgrim visited the island to hand over a donation to Miguel Perez, president of The San Pedro Cancer Society. The contribution consisted of three pairs of prosthetic breasts, a few nightgowns, and various teaching materials and equipment, including a breast exam teaching tool that will aid in the instruction of proper self examination. Other visits in the country included several areas in the Belize City District such as Albert Street, Pickstock, and Lake Independence where Pilgrim visited homes teaching women and men how to perform proper self examinations for breast cancer. Pilgrim also visited the Cancer Societies of both Belize City and Orange Walk where in addition to making contributions also provided the community with educational flyers and brochures that aid in fostering awareness.
As of 2012 the Belize Cancer Society of California has donated over two dozen prosthetic breasts to women in Belize. Items such as wigs, scarves, special bras, clothing, medical supplies and equipment have also been gratefully received. In addition to the contribution to the San Pedro Cancer Society, a respiratory machine was donated to The Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II.
While the main focus of The Belize Cancer Society of California is to provide care and support to cancer patients in Belize, in June of this year they were also able to make a contribution to The Cancer Society of South Africa. That donation included five prosthetic breasts, and two amoena vests that are post surgery under garments that support the placement of prosthetic breasts for women who have undergone a mastectomy.