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Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Julian Willock and Members of the House wore pink to show their solidarity in the fight against Breast Cancer at the Seventh Sitting of the 1st Session of the Fourth House of Assembly.
During the sitting on Thursday, October 17, Premier and Minister of Finance the Honourable Andrew A. Fahie also made a statement on the Observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Premier Fahie said, “For many, the beautiful gift of life is too often cut short due to an illness. Cancer is one such illness that has caused many patients and their families great pain. Breast Cancer Awareness month serves the purpose of bringing focus to not just awareness about breast cancer, but all the different types of cancers.”
The Premier added, “I am praying with and for those who are fighting hard, and I want to say don't stop fighting. Don't stop winning. Don't stop praying. Don't stop believing. Don't stop praising because all things are possible if you only believe.”
The Premier also requested permission from the Honourable Speaker for all in attendance to pause for a moment of silence to acknowledge the lives of those who have passed, survivors, and those currently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Among those in attendance at the Sitting were President of the BVI Cancer Society Ms Gloria Fahie and other members.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. It is observed in countries across the world and it helps to increase attention and support, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.