RBC/RBTT donates 5, 000 to local cancer foundation

POSTED: 09/20/11 12:08 PM

The presentation of the cheque by RBTT President & Country Head, Mr. Wayne Kowlessar, Mrs. Shermina Powell of the St. Maarten Cancer Foundation along with 2 volunteers of the foundation and the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Mrs. Sarah Wescott-Williams, also one of the walkers that morning.

St. Maarten – More than 200 people walked in the RBC/RBTT ‘Walk for life’ in St. Maarten last Saturday. The walk, which is part of a regional campaign, sought to raise awareness of child cancer in close cooperation with the local cancer foundations. It also served as a fundraiser for the St. Maarten Cancer Foundation and the RBC/RBTT Caribbean Children’s Cancer Fund (CCCF).

Saturday’s walk began at 5:00 a.m. and ended at 7:00 a.m. Jose Lake Ballpark was the start and finish line and there was a pledge stop along the route where people could donate more money than the cost of their participation. At the end of the walk RBTT President & Country Head Wayne Kowlessar presented the St. Maarten Cancer Foundation with 5, 000 guilders.
Twenty-three year old Ramzan Juman, who is a two time cancer survivor, has called the walk for life “a very good initiative”.
“Child cancer is a much neglected area, so it is great that a bank like RBC/RBTT brings awareness to child cancer. We are talking about children here, about young lives with a lot of potential. More businesses should pursue such an endeavor,” Juman said.
Juman, who’s studying general liberal arts at the University of St. Maarten, first discovered he had bone cancer when he was 16. He had to be treated in France over an 11 month period.
“I had chemotherapy and also an operation to remove my knee, which was replaced with a titanium knee. The doctors told me that if the cancer would come back, it would be in my lungs. When I did a check in January 2007, they discovered that the cancer was spread to my lungs. We discussed treatment. I could choose between chemo and radioactivity. But I did not want to do any of that. We decided to do an operation instead and remove the tumors that were found in both of my lungs. I survived again,” the cancer survivor said.
Juman will go to Paris in January 2012 for his next checkup, and is positive that everything will turn out right.
“I had a type of cancer that people often do not survive from often. But I did.”

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