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The drive to acquire two Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machines to enhance cancer treatment in the public health sector, is gaining support from corporate Jamaica.

Several business entities, on Tuesday, May 7, handed over cheques valued at over $400,000 to the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals (JAAP) LINAC Fund Project, through which the initiative is being undertaken.

The project, launched in 2012, aims to raise US$2.5 million to purchase the two machines, one for the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, and the other for a public health facility in the eastern section of the island. The latest donation brings to US$65,000, the amount collected to date.

At the handing over ceremony held at the Chamber of Commerce’s Overton Plaza offices, Chairman for the Project, Gloria Henry, informed that the aim is to inspire 500 Jamaicans to give $500 each to the cause, and for 200 corporate entities to donate between $50,000 and $100,000 each. “Some of them have answered to the call,” she informed.

The Chamber of Commerce is one of the project partners, and the group’s President, Davon Crump, said the Chamber will continue to support the drive as he has seen firsthand, several members being affected by cancer.

He said that all should be done to ensure that Jamaicans afflicted by cancer get the best treatment, and appealed to all business entities to support the venture.

“It is something that is needed; everyone has a friend, family or loved one that has been diagnosed with this disease, so it is something that we have to put our effort into. As a Chamber, we are pulling out all the stops to ensure that it is done,” Mr. Crump stated.

To raise the funds, the group has been staging a number of activities, from entertainment events to a coin drive. Two accounts have been opened, through which persons can make contribution. They are: Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) account number 505771757 for US currency, while Jamaican currency deposits can be made at National Commercial Bank (NCB), account number 435024467.

These LINAC machine is used to deliver external beam radiotherapy therapy. It generates high energy x-rays (photons) to provide targeted treatment, and can be used to treat all areas of the body.

Contact: Garfield L. Angus