The Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital and children with cancer across the island are now recipients of J$$43,14,738.00 million raised through the 2016 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run which took place on Sunday, February 21 in New Kingston, Jamaica.
Ingrid Card, Vice President of Group Marketing at Sagicor explained that "Sagicor is truly grateful for the overwhelming support we received for the beneficiaries. 2016 is a record year; the largest amount raised in a single staging. We will now be able to purchase the mammography machine for the Cancer Society's mobile unit to conduct breast cancer screenings in the most rural areas of Jamaica. The Black River Hospital will also get some crucial equipment needed for its Paediatric unit and we will be able to assist with life-saving equipment and supplies for children with cancer across the island."
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In its 17 year history, Sigma Run has raised approximately J$166 million for child and health care facilities in Jamaica.
Dr Michelle Reece Mills, Paediatric Oncologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies says the funds raised through the charitable event will be far reaching for children with cancer. "The funds raised will definitely have a significant impact on the care of children with cancer in 2016. This will go a far way, allowing them to stay on treatment. Also, the use of CTs and MRIs will help us to make the administration of chemo therapy less painful with chemo therapy pumps and central IV lines."
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