Breast cancer survivor gets $100k award

Breast cancer survivor gets $100k award

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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ROSE HALL,St James — Breast cancer survivor Angillee Russell broke down in tears as she was awarded a cheque of $100,000 when the 2016 Ultimate Wellness Association (UWA) held their annual Breast Cancer Dinner at the Holiday Inn Hotel on Sunday.

Russell was presented with the cheque by founder of the UWA Breast Cancer Foundation, Dr Bithiah Gedaliah.

"It was like a breath of fresh air. If it wasn’t for Dr Gedaliah, I wouldn’t feel this special. No one has ever helped me like her before," an emotional Russell stated.

Dr Gedaliah, who is herself a breast cancer survivor, founded the UWA three years ago.

After suffering the ordeal of double mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Dr Gedaliah decided to reach out to people who suffered a similar fate, in whatever way she possibly could.

A passionate Dr Gedaliah is of the view that no one should suffer the terrible ailment on their own.

Russell, who was honoured this year as a breast cancer survivor, was in 2014 diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 45, after self-discovery of a lump in her right breast.

Mammogram reports along with a CT scan, which was done because of pain in her back, confirmed her worst fears.

After many sessions of rigorous chemotherapy and mastectomy, doctors at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James, where she was treated, refer to Russell as " the miracle patient".

In the meantime, during Sunday’s event, guest speaker Dr Yochel Samuels-Williams_ shone light on the various ways patients and their families are affected by the disease and the need for organisations such as the UWA.

Both Dr Samuels-Williams and her husband, Dr Farin Williams, who was also in attendance, expressed deep interest in partnering with UWA in the fight against breast cancer, especially in the western Region.

The event featured performances from singer Danella Barnett, which brought Russell to tears; the Trelawny Song and Dance Ensemble and tributes to the UWA founder Dr Gedaliah, which highlighted her journey before her diagnosis and her triumph after her treatment.

At the end, attendees expressed how much they were enlightened and uplifted by the event, and are looking forward to next year’s event.

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