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Friday, February 10, 2006
Skin cancer patient, mom return home -treatment in US recommended

Skin cancer patient, Lynear Johnson, and her mom returned to Guyana from Trinidad yesterday after doctors advised them that Johnson would have to seek treatment in the US where the technology is much more advanced.

The 19-year-old and her mom, Vanessa Bellamy, had travelled to Trinidad late last month to seek treatment after a massive outpouring of support from public-spirited citizens in the form of monetary contributions.

But after doing a biopsy and a head scan the doctors said the cancer had reached the third stage and she would have to go to the US to be treated.

And Chairman of the Region Ten Welfare Committee, Valerie Sharpe, whose committee was instrumental in Lynear acquiring funds to travel to Trinidad after a telethon, yesterday said that contact has been made with a doctor who was here with a team of fellow doctors last year and had seen Lynear, and he is working to assist the teenager in getting treatment in the US.

She said after the story in Tuesday's Stabroek News about the teenager needing treatment in the US, she was contacted by someone from the American Embassy in Guyana advising her of the documents the mother and daughter would need before approaching the embassy. These include proof as to where the teenager would be

reated and who is sponsoring her and her mother.

Persons are asked to continue to support the teenager by making contributions to the National Bank of Industry & Commerce (NBIC) 516-773-9 account, as she is not sure how much more money they would need for their impending travel to the US. At present there is just over a million dollars in the bank as persons have continued to make deposits. The latest donation, $90,000, came yesterday morning from the Rotaract Club of Region 10.

Johnson is an albino, which means her skin has no protection from the sun.

For further information persons can call Sharpe on telephone numbers 444-6058 or 444-3048 or Bellamy on 444-2711 or 646-1127.

Meanwhile, former pumpkin vendor Dorothy Molipin, who needs monetary assistance to travel to Barbados for angiography has not seen any real support by persons. The woman is not sure when she would be travelling as she is awaiting word from the Health Ministry who have told her that it would cost US$3,250, half of which she would have to find.

The 49-year-old woman, who suffers from diabetes and hypertension, has been having severe chest pain for a number of years which has forced her to stop plying her pumpkin vending. She has been hospitalised on several occasions.

Persons wishing to help Molipin can do so by depositing monies in the NBIC 111-316-6 account.

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