Palace Foundation encourages use of faith as cancer cure
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
Palace Foundation, the charity arm of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios, St Ann has been supporting community health and wellbeing from its inception.
At the recent Relay For Life concert in that resort town, staged by the Jamaica Cancer Society St Ann/St Mary Branch, the Foundation turned out to support the event as it has been doing over the years, but this year using a faith-based theme.
The theme focused on using faith and hope for the cure of cancer, rather than traditional practices.
The tent was adorned with several posters with messages and Bible verses supporting health, happiness and healing, such as, 'He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (Isaiah 40:29); 'I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord,"(Jeremiah 30:17); 'This is what the Lord says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you," (2 Kings 20:5); and 'Oh Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me' (Psalm 30:2).
Manager of the Moon Palace Foundation, Natalie Boreland, said the decision to use the faith theme was based on her personal experience.
"This year I wanted to focus on hope and faith because one of the important aspect of recovery or even dealing with this type of dreaded disease is having faith in God," Boreland pointed out.
"It takes great faith and it is also having hope; if you don't have the hope to survive, to get well then you're already done."
"I've had a personal experience, I mean, my mother, my father both died from cancer related illnesses, my grandmother, my grandfather also."
But it was a recent incident involving an uncle of hers that caused her to definitely confirm the theme.
"Recently, an uncle of mine was given two weeks (to live), he had lung cancer that had gone to all parts of his body and he was given two weeks. I went to look for him because he was on his dying bed, but when I went, it was just beyond anything I've ever seen. I mean, instead of passing, he was discharged and two weeks later he is putting on weight and (doing well). His faith was just something that said to me ... like, listen it's all about having the right attitude and just believing and trusting that all is well despite the pain. It's how you deal with it."
Boreland said they wanted to bring the hope that with Christ all things are possible and despite what you might be going through, you still have to thank God that you can make it."