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Breast Cancer survivor shares struggle that inspired her to give back

The fourth annual Cayman Pickers “Art for a Cause” event took place on Thursday (29 November) at the Governor’s residence.

The event was started by Pam and Marc Laurenson who shared the life-changing events that inspired them to give back.

“I’m a breast cancer survivor, I was diagnosed in 2013. Throughout the journey, the Breast Cancer Foundation was there to help us through it all,” Mrs. Laurenson revealed.

She was aged just 28 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“You have no idea what to expect. The first thing that comes to your mind: oh my gosh. What’s going to happen to me, my life, my future, my plans? It was very tough,” she explained.

Her husband, Marc: the silver lining amid some very dark clouds. Together, they faced – and overcame – the cancer.

“I don’t want to say things happen for a reason but I believe we’re given only what you can handle. Our relationship was strong from the very start, but I believe it made our relationship even stronger,” Marc Laurenson confided.

Together, they are now giving back to the Cayman community that has supported them.

The same community inspired the Cayman Pickers event, where 24 pieces of art from 17 artists, including the Laurensons, were up for silent auction.

“We have a group of artists, every year they donate their pieces, an artwork and 100% goes to the foundation,” Mrs. Laurenson said.

In the past three events, they have already raised around $20,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

After Thursday (29 November), they hope to better that record with a collection that includes international artists:

“Together as a group, it’s some of the highest class artwork I’ve seen for a long time,” Mr. Laurenson said.

The Laurensons’ story: a testament to the power of love, support, community and giving back.

And if you are an artist thinking “I’d like to get involved”, Pam and Marc encourage you to get in touch and donate your pieces via the Cayman Pickers Facebook page or via the STOAK’D Facebook page.

 

 

 

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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