The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities. Here in Belize the Belize Cancer Society and the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow unveiled their Cancer Flyer for 2019 at the Biltmore Hotel. The event saw the participation of sponsors and cancer survivors who shared their stories. According to Special Envoy for Women and Children, the flyer aims to spread awareness of cancer in our society.
Kim Simplis, Special Envoy for Women and Children: “For us is it’s very important to find creative ways of getting our ladies to do their self breast examination and for them to get their mammograms. I think it’s very important, I think it’s a part of creating awareness but it is also an opportunity for these ladies to take their lives back, to take control of who they are. We normally ask cancer survivors to participate in this photo shoot so they are the actors, they’re actually the advocates and why is that important, why is it important to get other people to be advocates ? Because cancer knows no age, it knows no ethnicity and so we are all advocates and it’s important for them to use their journey if they want to to inspire others to get tested and to know that we can beat this, we can survive.”
Love News spoke with some of the cancer survivors who were in the flyer, they told us about their back story and how there is hope for people battling with cancer.
Chelsea Munoz, Cancer Survivor: “I was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, it’s a blood cancer under the same umbrella as leukemia. This road is a very tough one, anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or is related to someone that has been diagnosed with cancer can tell you this. The reason why I decided to participate in this event is like Ms.Kim said to be an advocate. I believe that each and every one of us cancer survivors and those ones who haven’t survive we all carry this story and we can shed some light in the world to those people who are being diagnosed every single day and are fighting this. It’s really important and it’s hard to step out of your comfort zone but that is why it’s really important to have events like this to create awareness so other people can know you can survive and you can go through this and you’re not alone.”
Zoila Audinett, Cancer Survivor: “I am now 41 years but at the time when I found out I had cancer I was about 21 or 22. My son was three and my daughter was two so I guess I’m the oldest survivor within these ladies. It was very hard at first but my mother was always by my side and thank God she’s still here. I went to Guatemala for treatment because the doctors at Karl Heusner had given up on me, they gave me two weeks to live, they told me to go home and I must sit and decide who will have my children and I told my mom that they are not God and I will not give up and I have to fight for them and I did just that. I am a survivor 17 years now.”
Kim Simplis Barrow noted that the flyers will be distributed to various cancer societies around the country and will be posted on Facebook as part of their Cancer Awareness Campaign.