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Cayman Islands law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has helped a young local cancer patient with her medical expenses through staff fundraising efforts.
Vaneesa Conolly, a student at East End Primary School, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma of the knee.
Although chemotherapy had shrunk the cancer quite considerably, tests were still needed to verify the diagnosis on the remainder of the cancer.
Despite losing her hair and having to walk on crutches, Vaneesa is keeping a positive outlook. Hearing of Vaneesa’s situation, Katherine McLaughlin, Conyers Care in the Community Officer in charge of Education projects, set the wheels in motion for a dress down day and bake sale. Conyers staff dressed down in the colour purple and baked cakes for the sale.
Following the success of these efforts, Conyers was able to give Vaneesa’s mother some assistance towards her medical costs.
Ms McLaughlin said: “We were so sorry to hear about Vaneesa’s condition and wanted to help in some small way. Being a mother myself I can appreciate what a difficult time this can be for both Vaneesa and her mother. Once again the staff of Conyers were more than happy to do their bit to help. We wish Vaneesa a positive outcome and a speedy recovery.”
Conyers regularly supports local education initiatives and is also actively involved in a number of local charities, a Conyers press release said.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has offices in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Mauritius, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, São Paulo and Singapore.
A version of this article originally appeared in Cayman Net News.