Readers rally for mammogram
I would like to thank each of you who called or emailed your willingness to assist the lady who wanted a mammogram, but could not afford to pay for it. It gives me great pleasure to report this matter has been successfully resolved.
You may recall that the story appeared last Tuesday under the headline, Willing To Sell Art To Pay For Test.
In her letter the woman said she was waiting for more than seven months to get an appointment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to have the procedure done. She said she had no money but was willing to sell two of the paintings her late husband left her to raise the cash to pay for the test.
We can report today that the lady had her mammogram done last Friday at Imaging and Ultrasound in Belleville, St Michael. They were the first to call and invite her to have the test done there.
The lady said: “I was treated very well. I got there at 10 a.m. and by 10:30 a.m. everything was finished. I was given royal treatment. I want o extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who assisted me, especially Linda Decourcey–Dawe, senior radiographer at Imaging and Ultrasound [and] the NATION family.”
On behalf of this very grateful woman, I would like to thank the eight readers, as well as Dr Shirley Jhagroo who called on behalf of the Barbados Cancer Society, to offer her assistance.
We were particularly moved by some of the comments received. One woman wrote: “Having lost a dear friend to breast cancer this summer I would be more than happy to pay the cost of the mammogram for this lady so she does not have to sell the reminders of her husband. Please advise . . . the best way to get this done.”
I can go on, but I won’t. Suffice to say thank you for writing in. Thank you all for caring. May God richly bless you.