MONTEGO BAY, St James – THE Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) is collaborating with the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals (JAAP) to raise funds for the purchase of a id=mce_marker90 million linear accelerator to treat cancer patients at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.
“We at the chamber are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals in working towards acquiring a linear accelerator better known as a LINAC machine used in the treatment of cancer,” said Davon Crump, president of the MCCI.
The chamber president has sofar committed to provide part proceeds from its fundraising events, starting with the annual Awards Banquet scheduled for November 12 towards the project, initiated by JAAP.
The proposed venture is the brainchild of Gloria Henry, president of the JAAP, who is also a director of the MBCCI.
She disclosed that the idea was conceived after she realised that three persons known to her — one from the chamber and two from JAAP — are cancer patients.
“I thought this was a project we needed to get involved in and having shared my interest with a number of persons, both in the Jamaican Diaspora and here in Jamaica, and seeing the positive reaction, I know it will get the kind of support needed to purchase the machine,” a confident Henry noted.
She added that JAAP will be staging a raft of fundraising events over the next 18 months in an effort to secure the necessary funding for the vital piece of equipment.
The JAAP president expressed delight that the chamber has decided to support the “worthy venture”.
“I am very happy that the chamber has come on board. It is one of those ventures that the chamber is doing well to participate in because it will benefit the wider community, especially those in need and not just the business community,” she argued.
Crump said that the cutting-edge LINAC machine will replace the outdated Cobalt 60 therapy unit at the hospital.
“In fact, developed and even some developing countries are no longer using the Cobalt 60 which has a limited shelf life, requiring major upgrade every three years,” he explained.