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From left: Ms. Sharon Bynoe and Mr. Kemar Polius of Summit International Bank, cancer patient Kelly-Ann Mayers, Sarah Beckley Welfare Officer at the BCS and Dr. Dorothy Cooke-Johnson Honorary Secretary of BCS during the presentation at the Barbados Cancer Society headquarters.


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Summit International Bank helps cancer patient


SUMMIT International Bank has come to the aid of Cancer patient Kelly-Ann Mayers.

On Tuesday, during a presentation at the Barbados Cancer Society (BCS) headquarters, Mr. Kemar Polius, Senior Investment Analysis of Summit International presented Kelly-Ann with a cheque in the amount of six thousand dollars ($6 000), which will go towards her treatments.

Kelly-Ann, a 29 year old mother of three, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, one year ago. To date she attends the Haematology Clinic of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital every two weeks, receiving chemotherapy.

To effectively treat the Cancer she needs six cycles of a very expensive drug, Mabthera (Rituximab) to bring it under control. Each cycle will be given every 21 days. The drug will cost $6 000 per cycle, along with other expenses, her treatment will total over $36 000 and through Summit International Bank cycle one of Kelly-Ann’s treatment will be made possible.

According to Polius, Summit International bank is continuing their efforts in enhancing their relationship within the community.

“We contacted the Barbados Cancer Society a couple of weeks ago and asked how can we help and they pointed out Kelly-Ann as a key person, who they felt needed immediate treatment. This donation is only one of the efforts carried out by the company annually and we will continue to assist where we can,” he acknowledged.

Dr. Dorothy Cooke-Johnson Honorary Secretary of the BCS, thanked the off-shore bank for the very generous donation. She also took the opportunity to launch a fund for Kelly-Ann, as the Cancer Society is appealing to the public to assistant Kelly-Ann with the other five cycles which are a necessity.

“Summit International Bank must be commended and I must indicate that last year they also made a donation to the Cancer Society. I want the public to take note of the Philanthropy within the bank as they try to assist those affected by cancer. They have set the example and I thank them for leading the way”.

“The drugs are very expensive, and Kelly-Ann needs more to complete all treatments, as each cycle has a cumulative effect and she must have them all for it to work. We are expecting very good result with treatment, as others who have recently taken the treatment are going will today,” Dr. Cooke-Johnson noted.

Kelly-Ann also thanked the bank and the Barbados Cancer Society for assisting her in this fight. She said that she is determined to overcome the illness as she hopes to see her children grow up.

Individuals or organisations interested in helping Kelly-Ann can contact the Barbados Cancer Society for further details. (TL)

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