Sheryl Lee Ralph for Keeping Abreast Luncheon
The annual staging of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS)/Jamaica Reach to Recovery Keeping Abreast Luncheon, celebrating breast cancer survivorship and solidarity with the cause, will take place this Thursday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, starting at noon.
A premier event of the Jamaica Cancer Society organised in October as part of the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year's luncheon will be addressed by internationally renowned actress, singer and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Ralph is the daughter of noted Jamaican fashion icon Ivy Ralph and is known for her acting roles in a number of films, television series and acclaimed theatrical performances. She is a strong social advocate, particularly on health issues.
The Keeping Abreast Luncheon, which has been part of the JCS/Jamaica Reach to Recovery for the past two decades, also serves as a major fundraiser to support the Cancer Society's ongoing programmes of screening and education.
JCS Executive Director Yulit Gordon said some of the funds raised from this year's luncheon will also go towards providing financial assistance to women undergoing cancer treatment.
Last year, more than 8,927 women did their mammograms at the Jamaica Cancer Society, many of whom were doing so for the first time.
Entertainment at the luncheon will be provided by a Touch of Elegance. Support sponsorship comes from Sagicor Life Jamaica, Digicel, Jamaica National Building Society, American Airlines and gate prize courtesy of Caribbean Airlines.
Tickets for the Keeping Abreast Luncheon are available at the Jamaica Cancer Society (Tel: 927-4265) at a contribution of $5,500.