Faces of Cancer Saint Lucia
Commonwealth Point of Light 92. Dorothy Phillip
Dorothy Phillip, representing Saint Lucia, founded ‘Faces of Cancer’, a group that supports patients and their families through the trauma of cancer.
Founded in 2009, the group now supports over 200 members in a number of ways from financial and emotional support to free screening programmes, accompanying patients to appointments and providing counselling. ‘Faces of Cancer’ is Saint Lucia’s foremost cancer support organisation, raising more funds than any other on the island, allowing it to expand its vital work to neighbouring islands. A survivor of cancer herself, Dorothy’s vision has been to challenge misconceptions around the illness and she regularly runs awareness raising seminars in schools and communities. Dorothy works to inspire other cancer patients to build their self-confidence and to feel supported as they undergo treatment.
Dorothy was presented with her award by HRH The Prince of Wales, on behalf of HM The Queen, as part of his official tour to Saint Lucia (pictured below).
Steve McCready, Resident UK High Commissioner for Saint Lucia, said:
“I am delighted that Dorothy has been recognised with a Points of Light Award. The work that she is doing in supporting and helping to improve the lives of persons affected by cancer, and in raising awareness of and educating people in St Lucia about the disease is truly inspiring.”
Dorothy Phillip said:
“I feel truly blessed, humbled and elated to be the recipient for the Commonwealth Points of Light for Saint Lucia. I hope that winning this award would encourage others to be more giving and selfless in assisting people in need within their community and St. Lucia at large. I also hope this award will inspire and encourage Saint Lucians to be committed to volunteering their services for the good of their country and others and not think of what is in it for me, but what is in it for my country and my people. This I believe is true Patriotism.”