The Abaco Cancer Society, which is a branch of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, has helped hundreds of Abaconians suffering from cancer since its inception in 1990. There are various ways in which the society assists patients, the main one being with airline tickets to treatment destinations. Since March of this year to the present the society has donated 66 tickets at a cost of $15,000.
A free cancer screening clinic for both men and women was offered in September 2011. Held at both the Marsh Harbour and Coopers Town Government Clinics, it was staffed by doctors from Nassau and members of the Cancer Society who donated their time. These clinics have been held annually for many years and offer pap smears for women and PSA tests for men.
Another free screening will be held on September 8 at both the Marsh Harbour Clinic and the Cooper’s Town Clinic.
For the past several months free mammograms have been sponsored by the Abaco Cancer Society at the Auskell Medical Clinic. Women wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity have to satisfy a strict set of criteria but despite this about a dozen women have been screened each month. Prior to this, women meeting the same criteria were transported by charter flight into Nassau where they received mammograms at Doctors Hospital.
The bulk of the money to cover all these costs comes mainly from the Cancer Society Thrift Shop. Every penny made at the shop goes into society funds to assist patients. The shop, which is open on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is run entirely by a group of volunteers. The shop, which is located behind Abaco Groceries, is a popular place to be on a Saturday morning while people search for much-needed items and treasures at excellent prices.
Donations of good quality clean clothing, furniture, household goods, tools, electronics and books are constantly needed. Items may be brought to the Thrift Shop between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays or dropped off at Abaco Groceries during opening hours any day of the week.
The society also raises funds through annual art shows, a Christmas shop, Stride for Life Walk and the kayak challenge. Donations are gratefully received from events held by private and corporate citizens and also bequests in the memory of persons who have passed.
For further information on events, donations, assistance of cancer patients or other information please:
- call 262 367 3744
- e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- website www.abacocancersociety.com
or visit on Facebook