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NDTC supports Friends of Hope Institute with benefit concert

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Members of the NDTC performing an excerpt of ‘Blood Canticles’ at A Morning of Music and Movement 2019, held at the Little Theatre.
Members of the NDTC performing an excerpt of ‘Blood Canticles’ at A Morning of Music and Movement 2019, held at the Little Theatre.

The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and the Friends of Hope Institute will join forces during the company’s 2019 Season of Dance for a benefit performance to support the Hope Institute Hospital, which specialises in cancer care. The event will take place at the Little Theatre in Kingston on Friday, August 9, beginning at 8 p.m.

Located in the foothills of the Dallas Mountains, the hospital, established in 1963, is Jamaica’s only public sector oncology and palliative care institute providing care either at a subsidised rate or (since 2008) free of charge. The hospital, which is the only one of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, also provides accommodation for cancer patients from rural areas, who would not normally be able to travel to Kingston to receive treatment. The hospital now falls under the operations of the South East Regional Health Authority.

The Hope Institute Hospital, which treats people with all stages of cancer, are also the leaders in providing training and education for healthcare professionals interested in training in all aspects of oncology and palliative medicine. Palliative care is for patients with serious illnesses, and addresses the needs of the mind, body and spirit, helping the patient to cope by assisting them in understanding their illness. Palliative care involves pain control and easing the side effects from treatment, and also the concerns that patients may have about the future for their families and other emotional challenges. “It is more than disease-oriented care, the care we offer is more personal and seeks to improve the patient’s quality of life and helps to relieve them of the suffering and stress caused by their illness,” says senior medical officer at the Institute, Dr Dingle Spence.

In expressing her gratitude to the Friends of the Hope Institute, Dr Spence said, “The Hope Institute is very grateful for any financial assistance we receive that will help to expand the care to every Jamaican who might need it and to continue our research in all areas of cancer care.”

All the funds generated from the performance will be donated to the Hope Institute.