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Lindo’s donate $100,000 to radiation unit

Three of a kind: Hannah DeCosta, left, Andre Zanol, centre, and Becky Wescom, three of Harry and Marion's eight grandchildren

Supermarket group Lindo’s have donated a six-figure amount to support the new radiation unit which will open later this year.

A sum of $100,000 has been given to Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre which will be used for the Centre’s Radiation Therapy Initiative.

The radiation therapy unit will provide treatment for cancer patients and symptom relief for palliative care patients.

Judy White, vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Centre, said: “The Lindo’s Group of Companies has a great track record of supporting our island’s health initiatives. Through personal experience, the family know all too well the trauma patients and families face having to travel abroad for treatment.

“The radiation therapy initiative is a comprehensive and unprecedented effort to deliver a new, transformative model of care right here in Bermuda. Cancer patients who will be treated at the Centre’s Radiation Treatment Unit will receive the highest standard of care due in part to our clinical affiliation with the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Centre which is currently ranked fourth for cancer care in the United States by the US News and World Report.”

Carrie Alvera, speaking on behalf of Lindo’s, said: “Lindo’s Group of Companies is pleased to support the Radiation Therapy Centre. As a family business, family is very important to us and supporting the community by helping to keep families together at a time when they most need one another is a privilege.

“Both founders of Lindo’s — our parents and grandparents, Harry and Marion Lindo, had cancer and spent time abroad for radiation treatment. Thankfully, with such a large family, one of us was able to be with them at all times.

“We understand to accompany dear ones away is not a reality for many people, so we are happy to have a small part in bringing the radiation therapy centre to our shores.”

Ms White added: “(we) are very grateful to the Lindo’s Group of Companies. Their support is helping our charity to achieve our vision of ‘building healthier lives free of cancer and disease’.”

For more information on the facility, patient referrals or to make a donation, visit www.chc.bm.