Our time in the Bahamas ended appropriately on Sunday morning as we gathered to celebrate with the more than 1000 runners who participated in Marathon Bahamas. Franklyn Wilson, Chairman of Sunshine Holdings, Ltd., presenting sponsor of Marathon Bahamas, as well as the event organizer, invited our delegation to what was billed as a “VIP Breakfast” on beautiful Junkanoo Beach. More accurately, it was a family reunion, as elite runners from all of the world reunited with one another and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the extended Wilson family.
I couldn’t help but think how perfect it all was. We often refer to Komen as a family. After all, our organization was founded on a promise between two sisters and then grew with the support of our Founder’s family and friends…And grew further with the support of their family and friends. And now here we are, nearly 30 years later, continuing to add to our family as we work to tackle the toughest issues facing the breast cancer movement: aggressive disease and access to quality care. Read more
Guest post by Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater New York City Affiliate
The tagline, “It’s better in the Bahamas” certainly held true during our fabulous afternoon hosted by the Nassau Chapter of The Links, Inc. Over 20 Links delegates and their family members and friends were on hand for the festivities.
Our afternoon began with a heartwarming tour of “Safe House”, a model facility that is owned and operated by the Nassau Chapter of the Links, Inc. The facility was built in 2003 with a dual mission: 1) to provide a “safety net” for women in crisis who need short term respite and assistance to help them and their children get their lives back on track and; 2) to provide housing for young Bahamian women who want to pursue higher education but may not be able to do so because they cannot afford housing in Nassau. Read more
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