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Jul 4, 2012

Lifeline Foundation gives to 2 Cancer Organizations

Two organizations dedicated to providing care and treatment for cancer received much needed financial boost today. Lifeline Foundation of Belize gifted the institutions with funds to develop comprehensive program for children with cancer. The focus, says the charitable group, is to alleviate the increasing need to provide treatment and facilities for this vulnerable group. News Five’s Andrea Polanco was on hand for the presentation of the cheques.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Lifeline Foundation donated over seventy thousand dollars each to the Belize Cancer Society and the Dangriga Cancer Center. Kim Simplis Barrow, the founder of the organization and a cancer patient herself, says that the institution remains committed to assist to children with cancer.


Kim Simplis Barrow

Kim Simplis Barrow, Founder, LifeLine Foundation

“The cause that we chose to focus on for the seventh annual black and white gala fundraiser held in March of this year was, ‘Kids with Cancer’ While I have always been a supporter of the Belize Cancer Society and the Dangriga Cancer Center. My own diagnosis last year has fueled my desire to do all I can to help those, particularly children to help those with this condition. It is said that those who feels it, knows it and we, cancer warriors, know all too well how rough the road is to recovery from this disease.  Today, the LifeLine Foundation is honored to be able to assist the Belize Cancer Society and Dangriga Cancer Center in their mission of hope via care. We are extremely thankful for the overwhelming support our fundraisers have received as it has allowed us to today be able to donate to these two organizations with our biggest donation ever; over a hundred and forty thousand dollars.”


Laura Longsworth

The recipients say that donations will be maximized to develop family support programs and strengthen existing initiatives centered on children with cancer.


Laura Longsworth, President, Belize Cancer Center

“The monies that we get from LifeLine today will work towards improving the education and technical knowledge of the nurses, especially in the curriculum and also to share with the medical professionals what some of the issues are that people face when they are diagnosed; those kinds of referrals that they need; the counseling support that they need and who are the players that are providing cancer care. We also want to work on disseminating relevant information and preventative measures that can be taken. Although children are a different group and can develop for no special reason at all, nevertheless, we need to be sure that families need to know where to go and what to do. We are particularly concern about their nutrition when they are going through chemotherapy and so on, so we’ll be focusing on that. And working towards developing a comprehensive approach to managing all our children who are diagnosed with cancer.”


Ellsworth Grant

Dr. Ellsworth Grant, Co-founder, Belize Cancer Center, Dangriga

“We took a comprehensive approach in that we embrace care from home-life to clinic life; whether it involved money for transportation to make it to access care in the country or out of the country; we assisted the families with that. We started the nutrition program to have the children better nourished, but not only the children who visit the center but there are siblings at home who may have sacrificed in order for that young child to receive some care. We have seen some improvements in our time and this donation will go a long way in allowing us to continue that goal.”


Although cancer treatment in Belize is costly; Simplis-Barrow says that it is imperative that we support these two organizations:


Kim Simplis Barrow

“As a parent, there is no worse feeling than that of the helplessness you feel of your inability to take away your child’s pain and suffering. That helplessness is magnified when families cannot afford the life-saving treatment for their child. Unfortunately, that is a reality for many parents here in Belize. Their continued work of counseling; referrals; preventative activities and treatment that the society affords either directly or via partnerships with other organizations, medical facilities and persons demand our support.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.


Kim Simplis-Barrow says that plans are underway to construct a more advanced and spacious cancer center in Dangriga to meet the increase in demand for care and treatment.

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