2008 marked the 10 year anniversary of the passing of Brenda Tibbetts Lund, after her courageous battle with Breast Cancer. Even before her diagnosis, Brenda had been active in the Cayman Islands community promoting breast health.
Having sponsored the annual Brenda Tibbetts Lund Walk/Run in her honour, Kim Lund wanted to do something special in 2008. The idea for a gala dinner to raise funds for breast cancer projects in the community was born. Realizing the enormous demands for funding, Kim Lund and James Bovell, Owners/Brokers at RE/MAX Cayman Islands, decided to found a not-for-profit charity and make the Breast Cancer Gala Dinner the prime annual fundraising event. Since then, the Breast Cancer Gala has become one of the most anticipated and prestigious black (pink) tie events on the Island.
The Breast Cancer Foundation was established in September 2009 by its directors Kim Lund, James Bovell and John Broadbent. The Foundation is a charitable organization registered with the Cayman Islands Government. The Foundation was created to provide financial support to several local charities working in the field of breast cancer education and providing aid for treatment costs. Some of these benefiting charities include the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens. These organizations work diligently in the awareness, prevention and the treatment of breast cancer. Since its inception, the Foundation has expanded its work with a Wellness Program to directly helping Breast Cancer patients from when they are diagnosed, through their treatments and beyond. The Foundation also sponsors training and equipment for assisting the medical professionals here in Cayman to better treat breast cancer patients.
The Breast Cancer Foundation Directors (from left): Kim Lund, John Broadbent and James Bovell
Kim Lund – Director of the Breast Cancer Foundation
Kim Lund was born in Canada and lived there until he moved to the Cayman Islands in 1984. He became a Cayman Islands’ citizen in 1993, and has been active in the Cayman Islands real estate industry for over 25 years, opening a RE/MAX franchise in 1991. He has served as a Director on various Boards ranging from mutual funds to private equity and real estate investments. Kim is active in many local charities and fundraisers. His late wife, Brenda Tibbetts Lund, died of breast cancer in 1998. Since then, Kim has actively supported fundraising efforts for breast cancer and became a founding member of the Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation.
James Bovell – Director of the Breast Cancer Foundation
Like most people who call Cayman their home, James was born elsewhere. In his case he was born in Jamaica and moved to Cayman in 1977. He went away to school and returned for holidays. He returned permanently in 1991 and entered the Real Estate business. Something he has loved since he was young. He also knew that this is where he wanted to raise his family and have his children grow up enjoying this environment as much as he did.
Unfortunately he has something else in common with most people. The lives of those closest to him have been affected and taken by cancer. He has lost family and friends to this terrible disease, as has mostly everyone he knows. Until we find the ultimate cure for cancer, he will continue to help and do his utmost to make those who continue to suffer from cancer, a little more comfortable in their fight. Cancer cannot be allowed to continue to take away precious time and potential memories from us all. He is deeply committed and optimistic that we will find a cure for Cancer, however we must continue to push, be tireless in our efforts, and never yield. He is proud that he is able to support and contribute in any possible way until the day we can say cancer is curable.
John Broadbent – Director of the Breast Cancer Foundation
Dr. Hobday – Medical Adviser
Dr. Virginia Hobday, originally from Zambia and raised in Ethopia, qualified at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, England in 1986. She worked for 5 years in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and genitourinary medicine in various London teaching hospitals.
Dr. Hobday first came to the Cayman Islands in 1998 to work short term with Dr. Mike Hetley, a long standing general practitioner on the island. She enjoyed it so much she returned to work in the district health clinics of the Public Health Department which included the prison. In addition to her strong commitment to general practice, she is also an authorized civil aviation medical examiner and a part time lecturer at St. Matthew’s Medical School.
Dr. Hobday is the Medical Director of Cayman Hospice Care and has done post graduate training in palliative care. She is also currently Vice President of the Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society.
Dr. Hobday joined the Breast Cancer Foundation in 2010 as the medical adviser. Her experience in the field and with breast cancer patients is invaluable for the Foundations work.
Brigitte Greene and Kate Voss