Guest post from Neel Stallings, Global Race Ambassador
What an honor it is to be here in the Bahamas working for an organization and a cause I am incredibly passionate about. As a Global Race Ambassador, my work here began last July when I trained an exceptional group of people on the ground to organize their first Race for the Cure. I knew immediately that the Race was going to be outstanding because of the people involved. Now, 6 months later, I’m so proud to have been here to witness the fruits of their labor. The inaugural Bahamas Race for the Cure was executed flawlessly and drew more than 1,200 walkers and runners to beautiful Paradise Island.
In my role with Komen, I have participated in many race events. The energy and enthusiasm in the Bahamas were palpable, and the passion and commitment of both the volunteers and participants to end breast cancer forever was profound. The Bahamas Race for the Cure was a run for some, a walk for others, but for everyone, it was a celebration of life to honor us survivors and remember those who have lost the battle. Read more
It was an exciting start to an important weekend as we toured the Islands’ only public hospital and convened doctors, advocates and survivors to discuss the breast cancer situation on the islands.
Our non-medical delegates started the day with a tour of Princess Margaret Hospital and got a first-hand glimpse of breast cancer treatment in the Bahamas. Our host for the tour, Dr. Tracy Roberts, a medical oncologist, talked about the urgent need for a national cancer registry and the importance of education and awareness. This is the only public hospital on the island, and the only place where patients can receive their treatment. Princess Margaret sees a third of the cancer patients from all of the Bahamas Islands as some patients go out of the country or to a private practice to receive treatment. Read more
An incredible day ahead — Day One of our Bahamas Mission Delegation! We arrived in Nassau yesterday – nearly 100 of us from across the US — thankful to be out of the cold and snow. Which made it especially funny when representatives from the Ministry of Tourism greeted us at the airport with apologizes for the 70-degree weather. They called it a Bahamas Blizzard! We called it Paradise.
Last night, “Delegation Eve,” we were hosted by the Governor General of the Bahamas, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and his wife Lady Joan Foulkes at the Government House. Great food. Great fellowship. And great fun! Among those assembled for the event were Ambassador Ned Siegel and wife, Stephanie, one of our Global Ambassadors and an Advocacy Alliance Board Member; the Minister of Tourism and Aviation; the Minister of Sports; Sunshine Holding Chairman Franklyn Wilson, and his wife Sharon; and several national leaders from The Links, Inc, our Community Health Partner. It was a truly amazing night… Especially for those of us who began this journey nearly 3 years ago. Read more
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