April 2018
Cayman HospiceCare announced on Thursday that it has received a US$1 million donation, which will be used to help construct its new 6,000-square-foot building. Read full article here.

For 18 consecutive years, Cayman HospiceCare has celebrated its annual gala event. also known as the "Big Bash" at Ristorante Pappagallo in West Bay. Read full article here.

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, in collaboration with their colleagues from across the Caribbean and the United States, will host the bi-annual Regional Council Meeting for the Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists in Cayman next week. Read full article here.

For Bronson Ebanks, going for a swim in the clear, calm waters off Seven Mile Beach has been virtually impossible since he suffered a stroke in 2015. Read full article here.

Six Cayman paddleboarders are planning a 24-hour paddle this weekend to raise money for cancer patients and their families. Read full article here.

The Public Health Department is hosting a special immunization clinic on Saturday, April 29th, 2018 from 9a.m. to 2p.m. for children who need vaccinations, including those with missing/ outstanding doses. Read full article here.

March 2018
“Every bit helps,” we are told by groups raising money for charitable causes. That’s absolutely true. Read full article here.

Cayman HospiceCare announced on Thursday that it has received a US$1 million donation, which will be used to help construct its new 6,000-square-foot building. Read full article here.

February 2018
Tickets sold out, the 200-plus audience screamed for more and the Breast Cancer Foundation raised more than $10,000 for its Wellness Program. Read full article here.

There is a new face at Cayman Clinic, with Dr. Heidi Fahy from the U.K. joining the busy practice on Crewe Road. Read full article here.

A new locally produced video designed to bring attention to cancer has been released just in time for World Cancer Awareness Day on Sunday, Feb. 4. Read full article here.
January 2018
Builders at Cayman HospiceCare are preparing to roof the new building, projecting an August opening for the combined administrative and inpatient palliative-care facility on the one-acre West Bay Road site. Read full article here.

New York alternative rock outfit The Last Internationale will stage a Feb. 10 benefit concert for Cayman’s Breast Cancer Foundation at the Harquail Theatre, seeking to help the charity fund its annual $200,000 operating budget. Read full article here.

Cayman HospiceCare is once again partnering with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland to bring the 3rd annual Burns Supper to Cayman, held at the Grand Old House on Jan. 26. Read full article here.

September 2017
Healthcare professionals offered a rare opportunity Saturday for residents to ask questions and discuss healthy living in a casual environment. Read full article here.

April 2017

Cayman clinic was invited to the Governors' House to be recognized for the many years of volunteering to do as many free Pap smears as Cancer Society Volunteers.

February 2017
Groundbreaking for the new four-bedroom Cayman HospiceCare building, behind Coconut Joe’s Beach Bar and Grill on West Bay Road, is scheduled within 10 weeks, according to HospiceCare executives. Read full article here.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Registry is looking forward to the establishment of an operational registry in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to be placed at the Caribbean Public Health Agency headquarters. Read full article here.

The Cayman Islands Blood Bank hopes to register 500 new blood donors by the end of the year. Read full article here.

January 2017

Dr Ginny Hobday and Dr Denise Osterloh attended the grand opening of this magnificent new facility at Baptist Hospital on Thursday 26 th Jan .
It is part of an Alliance with world renowned cancer centre Sloane Kettering in New York bringing the latest in world class research from this academic centre and combining it with a brand new 450 million dedicated cancer centre designed with the latest investigation and treatment equipment to the community of Cayman and Cayman Clinic. We have toured this world class facility and met the key Drs. with whom we have excellent links through our local Baptist office and Rebekah Brooks . We feel excited and very happy our patients will have access to this if needed. Genetic cancer screening will also be available.

Holly Wellon and Marina Payne are two women who have worked hard at supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation and deserve recognition for their selflessness, according to the Foundation’s chief administrator, Janette Fitzgerald. Read full article here.

December 2016

The festive season is approaching, and in the midst of all the parties and present buying, Cayman HospiceCare is inviting the Cayman community to take time out to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed or are far away during the season, yet remain very close to hearts here. Read full article here

With Christmas nearly upon us, we may already be wracking our brains for gift ideas. Read full article here

Actress Cynthia Nixon, in a moving speech to 580 people at the annual Breast Cancer Foundation Gala on Saturday night at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, described how her mother fought, survived and decades later finally succumbed to cancer with dignity, spirit and control intact. Read full article here

The voluntary registration rate for the Cayman Islands Cancer Registry is beginning to increase. Read full article here

Hundreds gathered at Public Beach on Wednesday night to release paper lanterns honoring loved ones who have passed, at the “Sky of Hope” fundraiser for Cayman HospiceCare. Read full article here

Getting some exercise and fresh air, along with some friendly competition, the Brac community recently got together to raise funds for breast cancer awareness efforts.  Read full article here

The fourth annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride last Sunday raised almost $6,000 for HospiceCare.  Read more here

The Cayman HospiceCare Big Bash at Ristorante Pappagallo on Friday promises to be a successful event.  Read more here


November 2016

Dr Melissa Mascaro, will be visiting our clinic December 3-5th 2016 





May 2016
Cayman HospiceCare has received another donation toward setting up a multi-purpose inpatient and operations facility in their new building. Read more here

Upcoming Events

Cayman Hospice Care – Annual Big Bash Read more here
Watercolours calendar lunch. Read more here
Light up the Night Breast Cancer Beach Walk. Read more here
Oral cancer screening. Read more here
Ice on Ice. Read more here

March 2016

Dr Kiran Kumar has been recognised by the Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society with their long-service award.  Read full article here

Dr Melissa Mascaro, former St Matthews University student, returns to Cayman as a visiting sport medicine doctor at Cayman Clinic.  Read more here

Cayman HospiceCare fundraises for their annual Flag Day event.  Read more about this cause here

November 2015
Derek Haines has become something of a local hero after running six marathons in one year to raise money for Cayman Hospice­Care. Read more here

Cayman HospiceCare is employing out-of-the-box strategies to help improve patient comfort. Watch video here


October 2015
Charity marathon runner Derek Haines and Cayman HospiceCare medical director Dr. Virginia Hobday received their MBE awards from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Read more here

Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference attendees will not only enjoy presentations from some of the world’s top healthcare professionals, but will also have the opportunity to participate in one of three interactive workshops on the topics of mental health, non-medical therapies and end-of-life decisions. Read more here

Voices were lifted and funds raised in support of the hospice care on the Cayman Islands. The local voices joined in harmony with many countries around the world to celebrate “Voices for Hospices” 2015. Read more here

Details of the new Seven Mile Beach home for Cayman HospiceCare have emerged, pegging the worth of the project at $3 million, and at least doubling the size of the present facility. Read more here

Voices in the Cayman Islands joined in harmony with thousands around the world on Oct. 9 and 10 to support hospice care with a special musical event. Read more here

A month of breast cancer awareness events ends Wednesday evening with an educational talk from a specialist in radiation oncology. Read more here


August 2015

Walkers and runners have raised $40,000 for charity in memory of loved ones who battled cancer. Of the money raised, 50 percent will go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, 25 percent to Cayman HospiceCare and 25 percent to the Lions Club to promote public awareness of the disease with a year-round campaign and the walk/run event. Read more here


The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association and Elian, the main sponsor of this year’s triathlon, have named the Cayman Islands Cancer Society as the beneficiary of this year’s event. Read more here


The 2015/16 public school year is just a week away and there’s no time to lose to ensure new students have had the proper health screening and vaccinations. The Public Health Department’s School Health Coordinator, Nurse Carvell Bailey told Cayman 27 it is strongly suggested for first time and transfer students to receive health checks. Read more here


As presenting sponsor of the triathlon for the second consecutive year, the corporate and fund services specialists, were given the opportunity to choose a local organisation to help promote and raise awareness of, and to receive monies raised through the race.Read more here
July 2015


More than 60 people took part in the Lion’s Club of Grand Cayman’s Prostate and Colon Cancer Event walk and run campaign, known as PACE, over the holiday weekend. Read more here


A local kiteboarder has entered a 100-mile race in America this weekend as preparation for a charity event of the same distance from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman at the end of the year. Read more here


Now a board-certified neurologist with the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Caymanian, Dr. Wendell Bobb is heading home to share his hard earned talents. Read more here


Walkers and runners have raised $40,000 for charity in memory of loved ones who battled cancer. Read more here


Kiteboarder Amy Strzalko did far better than expected in an event in the U.S. last week, finishing fifth woman in a very tough field and raising almost $4,000 for the Kiteboarding for Cancer charity. Read more here
Upcoming Events

Cancer Society Events. Read more here
Healthcare Conference. Read more here
Breast Cancer Annual Gala. Read more here

June 2015


Health screenings have begun for all students entering government or private schools in the Cayman Islands for the first time in the new school year. Noting that this includes students entering reception programmes, School Health Coordinator Nurse Carvell Bailey said: “The Education Department mandates that these screenings must be completed before the new school year begins in September.” Read more here


The Cayman Islands again joins with the United Nations in recognizing June 19 as World Sickle Cell Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of sickle cell disease as a public health concern. Read more here


We bid a respectful adieu to the Cayman Islands’ “top doc” Kiran Kumar, who has announced his retirement following 33 years of service as Cayman’s first, and to date only, medical officer of health. Read more here


The Ministry of Health says the Cayman Islands stands ready should the latest mosquito-borne virus, Zika spread to the Caribbean, following an outbreak in Brazil. Read more here


There will be free HIV testing and counselling from Monday June 22 to Saturday June 27. The tests will be done through a collaboration among the Health Services Authority (HSA), the Cayman AIDS Foundation and the Red Cross under the theme "Take the Test Take Control". Read more here


Persons are being encouraged to take precautionary measures against transmission, including using mosquito repellent with DEET on the skin, wearing long sleeve pants and shirts when outside during times that mosquitoes bite, whether in the Cayman Islands or on travels. Read more here


A marathon runner’s dream to donate a record-breaking $1 million to Cayman HospiceCare came true Friday morning. Read more here


Marathon man Derek Haines and financial services industry leader Dan Scott were recognized for their contributions to the Cayman Islands in the Queen’s Birthday honors list, announced in a ceremony over the weekend. Read more here


Cancer survivors, their families and their caregivers came together Friday night (12 June) to celebrate life. The Cayman Islands Cancer Society and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s annual survivors dinner is an opportunity for those who are now cancer-free to mingle with others who have beat the disease. Read more here


The Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS) is clearing up a rumor that the charity collects plastic bottle caps. The misconception is that the caps will somehow be used to raise money to help pay for medication for cancer patients. They say that is a myth. Read more here


Marathon man Derek Haines may have crossed the finish line on his fundraising efforts, but he says there’s still plenty of work to be done for Cayman Hospice Care. Read more here


The National Choir will fill this weekend with music, all to support Cayman HospiceCare. Daybreak’s Dara Flowers Burke chats with Cayman National Choir’s Sue Horrocks and Marius Gaina as well as Cayman HospiceCare’s Danielle Coleman. Read more here


May 2015


Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, has potentially made its way to northeastern Brazil. Public health officials in Cayman are warning people who travel to affected areas to be on the lookout for symptoms. Read more here


Students from Cayman Academy who raised $2,000 for charity have donated the money to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Read more here


After a historic year of fundraising for Cayman Hospice Care, the focus shifts to making the new facility a reality. Read more here


Derek Haines is to local charities what Mark Zuckerberg is to social media. He is a rainmaker, the kind you want on your team. He is driven to succeed and some may say, perhaps a little insane. Read more here


April 2015


Prominent Caymanian dentist Dr. Thomas Henry Edlin Merren died on Tuesday at the Cayman Islands Hospital. He was 83. Read more here


The Public Health Department is urging parents to get their children vaccinated as Cayman joins other jurisdictions across the Americas in marking the 13th annual Vaccination Week. Read more here


Cayman HospiceCare plans to break ground on its new West Bay Road facility sometime this year, thanks to more than a million dollars raised by Derek Haines’s successful bid to run six marathons in a year, according to the organization’s medical director. Read more here


A proposed new law that would require health professionals to report cancers and brain tumors to a national registry should be amended so that patients’ names and addresses are not collected, the Medical and Dental Society has recommended. Read more here


March 2015


Free oral cancer screenings will be offered by dentists on April 1 as part of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s education outreach efforts. Read more here


Data from the Cayman Islands Cancer Registry could be crucial to the prevention and management of the disease in the territory, according to health officials advocating for mandatory reporting of cancers and brain tumors. Read more here


It took Guy Manning one attempt [*} to get to the summit of Mount Everest. The highest peak in the world is notorious for allowing climbers to get within striking distance of the summit, only to pin them down with cold and storms and send them back down the mountain short of their goal. Read more here


New figures released by the Public Health Department show there have been no confirmed local cases of Chikungunya reported so far for 2015. Between 1 February and 7 March, six suspected Chikungunya cases with no travel history were sent for testing to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Read more here


The case for a mandatory cancer registry in the Cayman Islands has not been made — and probably can never be made. Although its proponents may be well-intentioned, they are lobbying for an initiative that deserves to die right now in its legislative tracks — before it metastasizes one iota further. Read more here


The Cayman Islands human rights watchdog has questioned whether legislation requiring mandatory reporting of cancer cases in the territory goes too far beyond what would be considered reasonably justifiable or necessary in a democratic society. Read more here


Kerri Kanuga only intended to raise a few thousand dollars to help children’s cancer research, but having completed her epic six mile swim across North Sound and then run the equivalent of four marathons stretching 106 miles, the figure has gone way beyond expectations. Read more here


Breast Cancer Foundation ‘Light Up the Night’ beach walk. Click here for video


Rotary is helping the public know their numbers, so they can take control of their health. Naude Dreyer, Coline Fawkes and Stephanie Espeut share why this is done in honour of Rotary International’s 110th anniversary. Read more here


Exuberant but exhausted, a triumphant Kerri Kanuga crossed a makeshift finish line (festooned with “Happy Birthday” balloons) in Barkers Sunday evening, following her ultra-endurance run of 106 miles – the equivalent of four back-to-back marathons. Read more here


February 2015


Volunteers clad in bright green T-shirts will be out in force Friday and Saturday in strategic locations around the island, encouraging passersby to make a donation as part of Cayman HospiceCare’s 15th annual Flag Day fundraiser. Read more here


Water Authority – Cayman announced on Tuesday, 10 February, that it recently donated CI$2,050 to Cayman HospiceCare as a part of its annual Project Angel Tree initiative. Read more here


Public Health has issued a travel alert for people travelling to places where the measles outbreak is taking place. Watch video here


This proposed legislation mandates the reporting of cancers and brain tumours by medical providers, through the national cancer registry. Read more here


From 1 to 30 January, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. Most of the cases were among the unvaccinated or without evidence of vaccination. Read more here


Public health officials have advised that there has been a change in the schedule for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine was introduced in the Cayman Islands Immunization schedule in October 2012, to be administered to girls’ age 11-12 years to protect from viruses that cause cervical cancer. Read more here


January 2015


In her annual New Year’s Honours List, Queen Elizabeth II named the medical director at Cayman HospiceCare, Dr. Virginia Hobday, a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Read more here


Derek Haines remarkable six marathons in one year to raise money for the local hospice made him undoubtedly the Hero of the Year, but there were many others in the news this year whose heroic efforts made the Cayman Islands a better place. Minister Osbourne

Bodden’s foul-mouthed verbal abuse surpassed even McKeeva Bush’s gambling with cash advances via his government credit card to take the Villain of the Year award. Read more here


The Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2015, announced at the end of December, revealed one name close to the hearts of many in Cayman. Dr. Virginia Hobday was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services in establishing hospice care in the Cayman Islands. The Order recognizes outstanding service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the civil service, and work with charitable and welfare organizations. Read more here


Nearly 200 Cayman Islands healthcare professionals, both living and dead, were honored Monday during the annual Heroes Day ceremony in downtown George Town for their service to the local community.  “These are the everyday heroes who have dedicated their lives in service of this country,” Premier Alden McLaughlin said during the event that drew several hundred people to Heroes Square. “[They have done so] never once thinking that what they did was heroic.” Read more here


December 2014


This year Dr. Virginia Hobday has been recognised by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for her work in hospice care and has been named on the New Year’s honours list. Watch video


Cayman Hospice Care (CHC) has extended their reach to the Sister Islands. Eight nurses in Cayman Brac have recently been trained by the CHC to give quality comfort care to patients who have cancer or other terminal illnesses. Watch video

It was a huge challenge, six marathons and raising $1 million for a dedicated hospice facility all in one year. But that’s exactly what Derek Haines did. Daybreak’s Vanessa Hansen caught up with Mr. Haines and with Jennifer McCarthy from Cayman Hospice Care about this journey and how it will allow Cayman Hopsice to better service its patients and their families. Watch video




Six4Hospice is a Six Marathon Challenge that local runner Derek Haines is taking on to raise funds for HospiceCare so they can build their own purpose-build inpatient and operations facility. Click here for more information and ways to donate.


Derek Haines successfully finished the first of his six marathons this year on Sunday as he bids to raise $1 million to build a new facility for Cayman HospiceCare. Derek is running over 156 miles of marathons in just 8 months at 65 years young. He’s doing this to inspire you to help him raise $1 million for Cayman HospiceCare. See below for Derek's journey in the news:


Haines runs first race of $1M challenge (April 7, 2014)
Haines set to go (April 9, 2014)
Charity Drive supports HospiceCare (April 9, 2014)
Six 4 Hospice (April 14, 2014)
Haines reaches $300k after second marathon (April 14, 2014)
Haines bags 2nd medal in 6 marathon challenge (April 14, 2014)
Haines one-third of the way there (April 15, 2014)
Haines on target for $1 million challenge (April 21, 2014)
Haines reaches 3rd way mark with 2/3 cash to go (April 22, 2014)
Haines welcomed back to Cayman with big donation (April 23, 2014)
Walking for health and charity (May 1, 2014)
Fellow runners help Haines along road to $1M goal (May 5, 2014)
Haines thanks Manderson for raising hospice profile (May 27, 2014)
Land donated for new hospice (May 28, 2014)
1 down 5 to go in Haines' 6 marathon challenge (June 4, 2014)
Six4Hospice journey (December 2, 2014)


November 2014


The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman exploded in applause at the weekly meeting when Mike Austin presented a check for $50,000 on behalf the Aall Foundation to Derek Haines in support of his marathon challenge to build a new hospice facility in Grand Cayman. Also at the presentation at the Westin Hotel last Thursday was Brian Hurley, president of the RCGC. Haines has completed five of the six marathons in his $1 million challenge, with the final one being in Cayman on Dec. 7. He said, “This is a very generous donation by the Aall Foundation and brings the total of donations and pledges to $800,000.” Read more here


British Caymanian Insurance has donated of $5,000 to the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman in support of the Six 4 Hospice Challenge. Cayman veteran runner Derek Haines has committed to running six marathons in the hopes of raising $1 million for the Cayman Hospice Care. John Cameron, acting general manager of British Caymanian, said, “Many people do not think about the value that hospice care provides until their families or friends are faced with the need. We are committed to supporting such a worthy cause and wish Derek the best of luck during his final race.” Read more here


Caring for the terminally ill is just a part of Cayman Hospice care’s mission of tending to medical and spiritual needs of the patient and their families. But one cancer patient told Cayman 27 Hospice does so much more. “Once you get cancer, the rest of your life is put on hold,” said Cathy Richardson as she received chemotherapy at the Health Services Authority’s new Chemotherapy Unit. Watch video


With the Triathlon season being over, cycling coach Marlene West, has introduced a charity ride, Pedal 2 Point, in aid of Derek Haines’ marathon challenge to raise one million for the hospice. The event will be held on Saturday 22 November, beginning at Turtle Farm and ending at Rum point. Competitors will have a breakfast buffet after the ride, while water sports company, Red Sail has promised to provide a ferry that will take the riders back to the starting point. Read more here


Each year at the start of the holiday season Cayman HospiceCare invites the Cayman community to remember loved ones at the annual Light Up a Life ceremony of remembrance. Cayman HospiceCare’s  Jennifer Grant-McCarthy explains that the holiday season is difficult for those who have lost a love one, which is why the Hospice Care holds the remembrance ceremony; it’s a way people to come together and feel less isolated by grief. Light is a symbolic way of remembering. She adds the ceremony is not just for HospiceCare families, it is for all who have lost loved ones, recently or not. Watch video


A month-long fundraising campaign at Blackbeard’s and Big Daddy’s has raised $10,000 for marathon runner Derek Haines. The “Derektober” campaign is helping Mr. Haines get closer to his goal to raise $1 million by the end of this year. He is undergoing a mission to run six marathons to raise money for Cayman HospiceCare. Read more here


October 2014


The historic Conch Shell House is up for sale, but that doesn’t mean Cayman Hospice Care is going anywhere anytime soon. Hospice Care told Cayman 27 they have an agreement with the building’s owners to make sure hospice would not be immediately displaced in the event the Conch Shell House sells. They said they’ve had an amazing 7 year run at the Conch Shell House, but they are looking forward to continuing their mission in a purpose-built facility in the future. Watch video


Thanks to years of breast cancer awareness campaigns, the month of October is synonymous with thinking pink.Due to increased awareness, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS) is able to take a back seat to other organisations who get involved. Dozens of events are planned throughout the month, from awareness seminars to runs and walks. Recently the CICS donated a new machine to the Health Services Authority which will help doctors perform biopsies. Watch video


Recycling your bottles and cans has never been more colourful, thanks to the Pink Periwinkle Project. Junk, Aimee’s Angels and Miracle Brokers have teamed up to offer bright pink curbside recycling bins to support the Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS) and the Breast Cancer Foundation. The pink bins are a way to show everyone on your block you support breast cancer awareness. Watch video


In a bid to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation, Cayman residents are digging through their junk drawers in the hope that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Neon signs, wizard wands and rum barrels are some of the trinkets uncovered for the Cayman Pickers fundraiser, which is set for Friday at Calico Jacks beach bar. “It all started out with an idea to give back,” said breast cancer survivor Pam Kelly. “When I was diagnosed last year, I didn’t know what to do where to go, and the Breast Cancer Foundation helped me. They were there to cover some of my treatments and gave me emotional therapy. They helped me through the shock of having to be diagnosed with breast cancer.” Read more here


Cayman Prep students are helping Cayman Hospice Care raise money by “going mad”. Donning creative costumes depicting their favorite characters from Roald Dahl’s books (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), they took to the streets selling calendars and palate-pleasing treats all over George Town. “They’ve helped with my family, they’ve helped other families that go to this school and it’s something we should all be giving to because it really does make a difference,” said head girl Charlotte Hinds. Watch video here


Cayman HospiceCare got another welcome boost toward its $1 million target for a new building last week. The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association, in association with A Step Ahead Physiotherapy, presented a check to Cayman HospiceCare for $3,900. The money was raised from the three Stroke & Stride Series of swim and run events at Sunset House in August. The event was sponsored by ASAP. Record numbers turned out to the 2014 Series that consisted of a swim of increasing distance each week followed by a 2-mile run. A total of 173 individuals and 29 teams took part. Read more here


Having completed runs in Paris, London, Spain, San Francisco and now Ireland, the Cayman Islands’ own “Marathon Man” Derek Haines is one race and $200,000 away from his goal of raising $1 million to build a much-needed facility for Cayman HospiceCare. The final race on Mr. Haines’s schedule this year is the Dec. 7 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, meaning he has just under six weeks to recuperate and prepare his body for the last 26.2 miles, and donors have the same amount of time to dig deep for this financial sprint down the home stretch. Read more here




Androgroup is the latest of a number of local companies that have offered assistance to Derek Haines in his six-marathon challenge to build a new hospice facility. Haines has run four marathons so far this year and has raised more than $600,000 toward the $1 million target for a new Cayman HospiceCare building. Andro Director David Woodcock has offered to provide the planning for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing requirements and will work in conjunction with the architects and other service providers.  Read more here


Organizers of this year’s Breast Cancer Foundation’s gala hope to match or surpass last year’s total of $150,000 raised to help fight breast cancer. Established in September 2009 by directors Kim Lund, James Bovell and John Broadbent, the Breast Cancer Foundation is a Cayman Islands government-registered charity which gives annual grants to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Money raised goes toward financial aid for breast cancer patients, mammogram vouchers, and prosthetics. Read more here


The Cayman Hospice Care presents the 4th Annual Caribbean Palliative Care Conference. Daybreak’s Marzeta Bodden caught up with conference coordinator, Jennifer Grant-McCarthy, and conference director, Dr. Virginia Hobday, to discuss the topics that will be addressed at the conference. Watch video


GeoCayman, a division of NCB Group has joined the list of supporters for the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s fundraising drive to build an inpatient and operations facility for Cayman HopsiceCare. At present, Cayman HospiceCare operates this service in rented locations and in the homes of their patients. Derek Haines is running six marathons around the globe over eight months to change that. Derek, the Rotary Club and the Six4Hospice project aims to raise $1million for the charity to build this much-needed facility and GeoCayman has committed their support to Derek’s fundraising challenge and has offered to donate the plans, installation services and provide the Geothermal cooling systems at cost, for the new 5,000 sq. ft facility.Read more here


Once Derek Haines’s million-dollar effort to help create a new Cayman HospiceCare facility is completed, the center will be able to avail of a geothermal cooling system. Local company GeoCayman, a division of NCB Group, announced this week it will donate the plans, installation services and a geothermal cooling systems at cost for the new 5,000 square foot building. Read more here


Everyone loves Cayman Hospice Care and they certainly get a lot of love from the Cayman Community. This time they have received love in the form of $4,967.10 from Cayman Water. The funds were raised at the 2nd Annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride. Read more here




Following last year's successful 40th Anniversary ride, Cayman Water Company (CWC), which provides potable water services for the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas, will be hosting their 2nd Annual Pete Ribbins memorial ride on August 17th 2014 in honor of former General Manger Peter 'Pete' Ribbins.  All procees will be going to Cayman HospiceCare. Read more here


Deloitte supports Marathon Challenge- Deloitte staff presented $6,600 to Derek Haines on his return to Cayman from completing his fourth marathon in San Francisco this year. Mr. Haines said, “I am most grateful to all at Deloitte for their generous donation. Every contribution helps and with support from firms like Deloitte, I hope to keep moving towards my goal of $1 million [for Cayman HospiceCare].” Read more here


Matthew Courtis has the proverbial target on his back- The series is sponsored by A Step Ahead Physiotherapy. The last race takes place on Aug. 20 and features a 800m swim. The cost is $15 per race for individual participants and $25 per race for teams. All proceeds from the event are donated to Cayman HospiceCare. Read more here


The most popular swimming and running competition in the Cayman Islands is nearing its climax. “I love this event and being such a huge part in it,” Gibbs said. “Seeing everyone smiling and enjoying themselves, from the athletes and volunteers to the spectators and Sunset House staff, makes me so proud to help organize and sponsor this great event. Knowing that the proceeds benefit such a worthwhile charity, Cayman HospiceCare, makes it even more rewarding.” Read more here


The 2014 Credit Union’s 5K Walk/Run is being staged again next month. It is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, and will start and end at the Credit Union building at 58 Huldah Ave. in George Town, opposite Smith Road Oval cricket pitch, at 6:30 a.m. Forms can be collected from the Credit Union, Department of Sports and Winner Circle. Registration and race pack collection will begin on Sept. 20 at Foster’s Food Fair, Airport Road and continues on Sept. 22 to Oct. 3 at the Credit union building from 3–6 p.m. Read more here


The Cayman Islands Cancer Society, a non-profit organization formed in 1995, is funded through charitable donations and its fundraising events. With a mission to increase awareness amongst the people of the Cayman Islands of cancer as a major health concern, the Society designates eight (8) months out of the year to raise awareness on different types of cancers. Read more here


JULY 2014


The Deputy Governor’s first 5k run walk has helped raise more than $12,000 for a new Hospice Care building. Governor Helen Kilpatrick and Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson hosted a reception ceremony to thank all those who helped to put on the race. Watch video


As a result of its success, the inaugural Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge has been set become an annual event. Six hundred and seventy-five runners and walkers registered for the event, which raised $12,500 towards a new Hospice Care facility. At a reception hosted by the Governor on Thursday, 3 July 2014, Mrs Helen Kilpatrick praised Deputy Governor Hon Franz Manderson for the achievement, and promised to walk next year. Read more here


Derek Haines takes on the fourth of his six marathons as part of a bid to raise $1 million for a new building in Camana Bay for Cayman HospiceCare this weekend.  It is the San Francisco Marathon and so far training has gone well for the 65-year-old Englishman despite the blazing heat. Read more here


In an amazing performance Derek Haines stormed to the finish line at the San Francisco marathon on Sunday in a fraction over four hours. The veteran runner has now pounded the pavement in four different cities in order to raise $1million for the local hospice charityto help them build a much needed inpatient facility. Read more here


Cayman Hospice Care is $100,000 closer to their fundraising goal thanks to Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association (CIREBA). CIREBA members were on hand at Camana Bay Tuesday to present the cheque to Hospice Care. The money will be used to construct a permanent inpatient facility and operations centre. Watch video


Nearly two decades ago, experts discovered a relationship between infection with HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. In the first of a two part series we will discuss what every woman and girl should know about HPV and cervical cancer. Read more here


Rotaract Blue raised just over a thousand dollars in support of Derek Haines’ six for hospice fundraiser. Club members were out by Hurleys and Cost-U-Less over the weekend collecting donations. Alice Ramos, the Vice President of Rotarct Blues, says Mr. Haines’ cause isadmirable and members from her club were eager to get out and raise funds. Watch video


Despite the downturn in the world economy over the past six years, some charities in the Cayman Islands are thriving. Apart from community spirit and corporate citizenship, certain factors seem to determine whether charities do well in Cayman, with the overwhelming cause for donor loyalty is a relationship to the cause. For instance, cancer charities reported seeing an increase in funding and donations during the past several years and Victoria Grey of the Cancer Society believes this is because everyone knows of someone or has been directly affected by cancer. Read more here


JUNE 2014


Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and 675 civil servants walked or ran the five kilometer challenge set by the public service boss to raise money for Derek Haines’ own marathon challenge, which aims to raise $1million for the local hospice. Planning on making it an annual event to raise money for good causes and to get the civil service literally as well as financially leaner, Manderson said $12,500 was raised by the event earlier this month. Read more here


Dozens gathered at the Cayman Islands Seafarers Association hall on Tuesday night to hear Alfonso Wright of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman talk about awareness of colon and prostate cancer. There is a $50 charge for those interested in participating in the walk, and last year the event raised about $44,000. The money raised will be shared with the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and HospiceCare, with 50 percent going to the Cancer Society, 25 percent to HospiceCare and 25 percent to the Lions Club to promote awareness of the disease year round. Read more here


With another $100,000 pledged for Derek Haines’ six marathon challenge for Cayman Hospice, the veteran distance runner has soared passed the halfway point on the road to his $1million target as he limbers up for his next 26 plus mile slog. Haines will be in Pamplona, Spain, this weekend pounding the pavement with his daughter Lizzy who will be keeping her dad company as he takes on his third marathon in the six that he hopes to complete before the year end. So far he has clocked up runs in Paris and London but Hanes will continue to wear out his trainers as long as donors keep pledging the cash to help build the Hospice’s much needed inpatient facility. Read more here


Derek Haines is rearing to go to maintain his $1 million challenge in his third of six marathons for the year this weekend to fund a new Cayman HospiceCare building in Camana Bay and his total has just been boosted by another $100,000 donation. Read more here


Cayman Hospice Care picked up a big donation from MaplesFS and their clients. A check for more than $33,000 was presented to Cayman Hospice Care last month. The money will help out with Hospice Care’s operational costs as well as funding educational outreach efforts. Cayman Hospice Care, a nonprofit organisation, provides free end-of-life care to Cayman Islands residents. Watch video


In what is turning out to be an amazing challenge for the local veteran marathon runner, Derek Haines finished his third marathon of the year this weekend in Spain. Haines crossed the finish line in the debut Pamplona marathon which he ran with his daughter Lizzy in a l4 hours, 12 minutes. Although Haines was recovering from a cold and found this marathon tough, having his daughter by his side, who also happens to be a doctor, he kept on going and finished marathon number three in his six race challenge to raise $1million to build an impatient care facility for the local hospice. Read more here


Derek Haines completed the Pamplona Marathon in Spain but had to overcome the after-effects of a cold to do so. Mr. Haines finished the 26.2 mile run with his daughter Lizzy in 4 hours, 12 minutes on Saturday night. It was the third of six marathons for the year as part of his $1 million Cayman HospiceCare target. Read more here


MAY 2014


The deputy governor is hoping to hit two birds with one stone for his inaugural 5K Challenge by encouraging civil servants to get fitter and healthier and at the same time help Derek Haines in his goal to reach $1m to build an in-patient care centre for the local hospice.Read more here


The Lions Club of Grand Cayman is embarking on a campaign that aims to educate men about their risk factors and prevention of the disease. The Lions Club will host a 3 day Journey for Life Run/Walk in memory of its former President Delano Hislop, who lost his battle to colon cancer in 2011. Proceeds raised will assist in the public awareness initiative and provide support for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and the Cayman Islands HospiceCare. Watch video


More than 50 people came together at a gala dinner at the weekend to celebrate the Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society’s 30th anniversary and to honor Dr. Sook Yin. Read more here


Scores of art lovers turned up to see the originals from next year’s calendar for themselves, and place bids on their favorite pieces. The fundraiser benefits Cayman Hospice Care and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Watch video


Derek Haines has raised over $400,000 for the Cayman Hospice Care and the Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge on 25 May is a fundraiser for it, as well. All in all, Cayman Hospice Care is receiving good support from the Cayman Islands sporting world. Director of Sport Collin Anglin went so far as to make a light-hearted promotional video for this weekend’s run. Watch video


Health officials are working on drafting legislation to make it mandatory to report local cancer cases, according to Minister of Health Osbourne Bodden. Read more here


Mental health issues will be among a number of chronic noncommunicable diseases affecting the Cayman Islands to be addressed at the fifth national healthcare conference, Health Minister Osbourne Bodden announced Thursday June 5. Read more here


A night of laughter, shared experiences and beach attire were just some of the highlights of this year’s Cancer Survivors Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Beach Resort Friday evening. Read more here


APRIL 2014


A social media campaign, NoMakeUpSelfie, which raised more than £8 million for Cancer Research UK, has helped raise $2,175 in online donations to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. In Cayman, LIME has launched a text donation function, which will enable its customers to donate a minimum of $5 to the Cancer Society throughout April. The funds raised will go towards building a new chemotherapy unit to treat local cancer patients, read more and watch video for more information on this story.


With a 95% coverage rate on vaccinations against childhood diseases, Cayman has a high level of protection. However, officials are urging parents that have not kept their children’s shot schedule up to date to take advantage of the clinics provided this week to mark the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)'s 12th anniversary of Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA). Public Health staff will be contacting parents to schedule appointments for children with missed vaccinations. Read more here


In just three days, motorists helped to raise a total of $30,000 - $10,000 for each of three local charities - just by driving past the Island Heritage roundabout. This year’s CharityDrive from April 8 to 10 supported the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, Cayman HospiceCare and the Cayman Heart Fund. Read more here


MARCH 2014


The Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation hosts their 4th annual Light up the Night Cancer Walk.  Read more here


The Cayman Heart Fund hosted an array of events over the weekend as part of the national “Heart Disease and Awareness Month.” The focus of the weekend was to educate women and children about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death among women in the Cayman Islands. Read more


Retired Cayman Islands police officer Derek Haines has identified his particular pachyderm, a most worthy one at that — raising $1 million to build a new facility for Cayman HospiceCare. Read more


Champion fundraiser and inveterate runner Derek Haines officially launched his bid to raise $1 million to build a new facility for Cayman HospiceCare at a reception at Governor Helen Kilpatrick’s residence.  Read more of this story


Over 150 volunteers will blanket the island, wearing bright green shirts and giving sunflower stickers to those who donate to Cayman Hospice. Find out how you can support the cause by clicking on the video




Cayman HospiceCare is set to host their 11th Annual Flag Day Weekendy. A bevy of volunteers, all donning bright green t-shirts, will be out in full force across Grand Cayman, flagging down motorists and pedestrians and asking all to dig deep for a good cause. Read more and watch video here

Cayman HospiceCare is a non-profit organisation that has been around for the last 18 years, but just how much do we really know about palliative care? There are some myths that exist about what Cayman HospiceCare really does. Watch video here




The Breast Cancer Foundation shows there love and support for a friend who a guest speaker at last year's Gala dinner and we recently readmitted into the hospital.  Read more of this story here


The Cancer Society's Stride Against Cancer took place Sunday January 26 and not takes place on all three islands.  Read more about this event going nationwide here.



MOvember (also known as November) was a huge success in raising awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.  Here are some highlights


MOvember Open putts on a good show


Golfers Swing at Mo'Awareness



As of today, November 12 2013, and per latest instruction from the Department of Immigration, we [Cayman Clinic] are able to continue to do the required bloodwork for Immigration.


The first annual Pieces of Eight Poker Run raised funds from this boat race to benefit Cayman HospiceCare.  Read the whole story here or watch a video about the event on Cayman27.


Light Up a Life with Cayman HospiceCare.


Guy Manning raises nearly US$100,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society by climbing Mount Everest.  Read more here.


"A Cup of Tea to End HPV" party held to raise funds and awareness of the importance of young boys and girls getting the HPV Vaccination.


November is MOvemeber, highlighting men’s health and specifically prostate cancer. Men will be growing out mustaches to help raise funds for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.  Visit Movemeber Cayman's website for more information about how to get involved and to view a list of their special events.


Here are some other articles and videos about MOvember:


Raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer




October marked breast cancer awareness month and many individuals and organisations stepped up to support.  Here are some highlights:

Cutting locks for cancer.  Watch the video here 

Let’s talk to the Experts focuses on Breast Cancer  

Breast Cancer Gala to support cancer, featuring keynote speaker, Hoda Kotb from NBC's Today Show.  Watch video or read more here


Tips for detecting early signs of breast cancer.  Read how to find early signs here.


To celebrate World hospice and Palliative Care Day, the Cayman HospiceCare hosted a free event at Camana Bay featuring musicians and other artists.  Watch the news here

Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference 2013.  Cayman HospiceCare was a proud sponsor of the event and Dr Wilbert Veit, President of the Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society made opening remarks.


Medical expert, Dr Elbert D Glover speaks to high school students about the risk of smoking, as a team effort with the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.  Click here


The Cancer Registry encourages residents of the Cayman Islands to report their case, in an effort to gain more insight into cancer statistics in the Cayman Islands.  Click the links below to find out more information:  Cayman 27 news 

Mandatory Cancer Registry Proposed, Caymanian Compass



Cycling for Cayman HospiceCare. The Premier Hon. Anden McLaughlin joins the corporate community to help raise funds for this great organization.   Watch the video clip or read more.

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