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Jul 18, 2014

Belize Cancer Society California provides prosthetic breasts

Antonette Pilgrim, of the Belize Cancer Society of California, is currently in the country. She spoke to News Five today about a month long series of activities involving cancer awareness that is taking place around the country. Pilgrim is collaborating with the Belize Cancer Society in organizing cancer boutiques in various districts to update women on the risks of cancer.  Pilgrim is also making available a variety of prosthetic breasts, bras, nightgowns and wigs to cancer victims and will be donating fifteen respiratory machines to health centers throughout the country. Last year alone, she covered the costs for sixty women to receive free pap-smears. Pilgrim will be hosting a clinic on Saturday in Belmopan alongside Beverly Swasey from the Belmopan Cancer Society.

 

Antonette Pilgrim, Belize Cancer Society of California

“This all started because I sell things online and I come across prosthetic breasts and it was hard for me to just pass them by without purchasing them and it just started four years ago by me purchasing these breast and I just said that some woman in my country most likely could not afford to pay three hundred and fourteen dollars for one prosthetic breast. So I started collecting them and donating them to the Cancer Society at that time. So every year, once I get enough breasts organized, I donate it to the Cancer Society—any of the Cancer Society here in Belize; the chapters that need a breast they will contact me and I will get the breast. I get wigs, whatever they need and I have and I’m able to purchase it, I will do so and donate it to the society.”

 

Reporter

Antonette Pilgrim

“What has the reception been like from the wider Belizean public with regards to this particular effort of yours?”

 

Antonette Pilgrim

“It has been particularly good. A lot of people don’t really know all the things that are happening behind the scenes of the Belize Cancer Society of California. Like last year, we were able to send sixty women to get pap-smears in Orange Walk and this year we would like to increase the amount of women that we are able to help to get free pap-smears in Orange Walk and this year, we would like to increase the amount of women we are able to help to get free pap-smears. So it is an ongoing effort and we are here to bring awareness so that people will know that cancer exists; that we need to check ourselves and we really need to see our doctor when there is anything suspicious.”

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