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Family gives back as brain cancer survivor turns 5

Families visiting the pediatric clinic at the Cayman Islands hospital may have noticed the clinic’s got a new paint job.
And it’s all to celebrate Mimi Ebanks’s 5th birthday, she’s a brain cancer survivor.

Little Mimi celebrated her birthday Thursday (31 May) at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

5 weeks after Mimi was born, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her father Tommy Ebanks said in the beginning things didn’t look good.

“She was a miracle baby in our opinion when she was diagnosed, there was a grim prognosis for her and a lot of things were against her, even her survival,” said Mr. Ebanks.

Her Mom Mechon said it was important for the family to keep the faith in the darkest times and she wants their donation of a fresh coat of paint to be an inspiration.

“Never lose your faith and never lose your hope and if there is one thing, ask, if you need something, ask because I think in our community we tend to shy away because of pride or whatnot but if you ask and you put yourself out there, the community is strong and loving enough to support you,” said Mrs. Ebanks.

The Ebanks’s delivered presents to all the kids in the hospital, it was their way of giving back to the community that helped them.

“It means a lot to us to our family and all the support that we have received throughout the entire five years has been amazing for us, just to have her here, she’s been a blessing to us but we feel that she’s also been a blessing to the community,” said Mr. Ebanks.

The pediatric clinic was repainted with animals to make it a happier place for children and the family also donated a happy cart filled with activities keep kids busy.

“And so those little colouring books, those little Play-dough, those little stuff in the happy cart actually give so much happiness for a little girl and even parents like us to put back the sanity, even colouring and divert your attention from the crisis to a more different environment me,” said Mrs. Ebanks.

The family says workers from CUC helped paint the clinic.

About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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