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Janet Palmer gets help

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMHorace Fisher
Fifty-one-year-old Janet Palmer, who is stricken with cancer and has already lost her two breasts to the disease.

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

"MY PRAYERS have been answered!" a beaming Janet Palmer exclaimed after the James and Friends Education Programme (JFEP) surprised the 51-year-old breast cancer survivor with a cheque valuing $30,000 and a two-year scholarship for her 10-year-old daughter, Aalia Roach recently.

"I need to find $50,000 to do radiation treatment in a couple days' times, and this morning I didn't have the first cent, and here I am now with 30-of the $50,000 and a two-year scholarship for my daughter...what a blessing," Palmer added.

Palmer, a single mother of six, whose story was published in Rural Xpress recently, detailing her physical, financial and psychological struggle with the debilitating disease that has so far claimed both of her breasts and thousands of dollars in medical bills...including a $50,000 radiation treatment fee.

"I saw the story in the Saturday Gleaner ... and I feel her pain, and while I can't magically rid her of the cancer, the least I can do, as a fellow human is to ensure that she doesn't die leaving her six kids because of a mere $50,000," Otis James, founder JFEP said.

James told Rural Xpress that while the scholarship programme's main focus is in the area of educational intervention, the programme recently received some financial donation from the family of the late Juthika Ramotar to specifically undertake humanitarian projects in Clarendon, Ramotar died in a fatal crash in 2012 in the United States.

"We received some financial donations from the Ramotars' to implement humanitarian projects in the parish, and as humanist, without hesitation we went to the single mother's assistance," James told Rural Xpress.

The initiative to assist the cancer survivor and her daughter came in for high praises from the Palmers Cross Primary School principal Henry Mullings who said there are thousands of parents and students in desperate need of financial and other assistance.

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