Breast cancer tribute car unveiled
A “tribute vehicle” to honour a police officer who lost her battle with cancer last year was unveiled this week.
The pink car, which features an image of Constable Latasha Gibson, was on display as part of an event held at City Hall.
Family and friends of Ms Gibson, as well as government agencies, attended the event.
Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, said he was honoured to attend and thanked Ms Williams “for her vision to help our community”.
He added: “Breast cancer is a significant illness that affects many women and families.
“Early detection has the potential to significantly reduce the effects of the illness and I encourage all women to have regular mammograms.”
Mr Caines also discussed his own personal battle with prostate cancer, which was diagnosed last year.
He said: “Fortunately, it was through early detection and a radical prostatectomy that I am now cancer free and can continue living a healthy life.”
Mr Caines said he owed his good health to medical treatment, an early detection, and the support of his family and friends.
He encouraged all men in the community to be checked.
Mr Caines added: “This applies particularly to men of colour, as prostate cancer disproportionately affects us.”
He also thanked members of the uniformed services for coming out in “huge numbers” to show their support for the event.
Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police, and Lynne Woolridge, chief executive of the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre also spoke at the event.
The car’s custom paint job, in the colour of breast cancer ribbons, was completed by Noble Automotive, Autobahn Accessories and CedarBridge Academy students.
All work was done free of charge.
The unveiling was designed to coincide with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Men’s Health Awareness Month — with a focus on prostate health — which will be marked this month.