The Pink Rose Ball Committee met with Jo-Ann Bradley and Veronica Saunders of the Abaco Cancer Society on Nov. 14 at the Bahamas Government Complex to present both women with a $15,000 cheque from funds raised at the Annual Pink Rose Ball.
That amount surpassed last year’s $10,000 donation to the Cancer Society.
Melinda Pinder, founder of the Pink Rose Ball, made the donation along with her colleagues.
“Hopefully this will do miracles, and hopefully next year it will be a lot more,” she said. “Thank you to the community of Abaco for supporting us and for making this possible.”
Pinder said she and her committee members were pleased with the support from the community in getting the tickets sold quickly.
“Before we knew it, tickets were gone,” she disclosed. “We didn’t expect them to sell that fast. Usually everything is last minute around here, but we were sold out weeks before.”
In her remarks, Bradley said she was thankful for the “gift” that would help the people in Abaco who suffer from different forms of cancer.
“Right now we’re carrying a patient load of 65 people, and everyone needs tickets to Nassau and back for cancer treatments, and those treatments as everyone knows are not easy to take sometimes.
“If such kind people [like those] who supported the Pink Rose Ball can help raise this kind of people money to help ease the way for these people, it’s a wonderful thing, and so we thank you,” Bradley said.
Besides airfare, the Abaco Cancer Society has also assisted cancer patients with lodging, medical and treatments expenses as well as their prescribed drugs.
“Unless you’ve had cancer you have no idea how expensive those drugs can be, so we help in many, many ways,” she explained.