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Mammogram programme given $25k donation

JAROL Investment Ltd presented a cheque for $25,000 to Mammogram Access Program (MAP) to assist with the purchase of a mammogram machine for breast cancer screening on Grand Bahama. Nikia Watson, founder of MAP (standing to the right of cheque) is pictured accepting the donation on Tuesday at Jarol headquarters in Freeport. Photo: Denise Maycock/Tribune Staff

JAROL Investment Ltd presented a cheque for $25,000 to Mammogram Access Program (MAP) to assist with the purchase of a mammogram machine for breast cancer screening on Grand Bahama. Nikia Watson, founder of MAP (standing to the right of cheque) is pictured accepting the donation on Tuesday at Jarol headquarters in Freeport. Photo: Denise Maycock/Tribune Staff

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

THE Mammogram Access Programme received a $25,000 donation yesterday from Jarol Investment Ltd to assist with the purchase of a mammogram machine.

This will help to increase the rate of breast cancer screening on Grand Bahama, which has a very low inventory of working mammogram machines.

During the cheque presentation, Karen Wilson, marketing manager at Jarol Investment, said they are pleased to be able to give back to the community.

“Today we are giving $25,000 to (the) Mammogram Access Programme, which is a fairly new organisation that started in 2020 during COVID. The organisation will assist with screening and testing of breast cancer patients, and we feel we have to give back to help the public, especially young women who are going through a lot of hard times.”

Nikia Watson, founder of MAP, said the organisation’s mandate is to increase overall screening rates of breast cancer in the northern Bahamas.

“We started this back in 2020 when we were in lockdown, and our first initiative was to screen 2,000 women. But early into that it became clear that was going to be a difficult task because the inventory of working machines on the island is very low,” she said.

Ms Watson said MAP had to shift its focus on fundraising to acquire a mammogram machine to be more active in the screening process.

The cost of the 3D machine is around $250,000, excluding landing costs.

“The machine we are trying to get is very sophisticated and would allow us to do tomosynthesis, which is like taking a CAT scan of the breast where we can see different aspects of the breast so we could detect breast cancer at a very early stage.

“There are machines like that in The Bahamas, but they have not been operating for some time,” Ms Watson said.

She added that there is a long waiting list for screening because of the low number of working machines on the island.

“We have amassed quite a long waiting list of screenings waiting for the machines to come back up. I have not been able to meet any of my targets because of the low inventory of working machines and the high volume of patients that are waiting.”

Ms Watson said MAP targets women who are unable to afford a mammogram.

“We really want to help those women who put it (screening) off because of cost issues,” she explained.

Samantha Colton, vice chair of MAP, thanked Jarol Investment for the generous donation.

“When I approached Jarol, they responded without hesitation. I really did not know what to expect, so when I heard what they were willing to donate, I thought it could only be an act of God. And we are so grateful… because we have been praying for this for such a long time.”

She said the donation would go a very long way in helping them accomplish their goal.

Comments

tribanon 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The low-life thugs behind the gambling houses and online gaming websites are always willing to throw an occasional morsel to seek a little public favour as they merrily go about profiteering off of their creation of generations of gambling addicts in our society. And our corrupt elected officials continue to let these gambling enterprises get away with not paying anywhere near their fair share of taxes. Truth be told, they should be taxed out of business!

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