Sagicor partners with JESF on pancreatic cancer

April 13, 2023

Local financial services entity Sagicor was pleased to support the efforts of The John E Sabga Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer through a recent $25,000 donation.

Robert Trestrail, president and CEO, Sagicor Life Inc, Southern Caribbean, said, “As the region’s leading health and life insurer, we are pleased to continue our support of cancer awareness and in this instance, research, which is fundamental towards finding a cure. The work of the John E Sabga Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer has helped many and we were happy to again partner with them in furthering their work in patient care and patient support.”

The foundation held its international pancreatic cancer symposium from March 16 to 19, in conjunction with the LaBahn Pancreatic Cancer Program, “to innovate, educate and share the latest in pancreatic cancer research and current care with the medical fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean”.

Founder of the foundation Natalie Sabga said, “The foundation has been doing invaluable work in the community assisting pancreatic cancer patients with information and personal care and supporting research for new treatments. This personal care includes referrals to specialists, assistance with home care, medications and tests, counselling, financial assistance, and family support. Financial support from sponsors, such as Sagicor, is invaluable in the global fight against pancreatic cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer-related death.” 

The symposium had a wide range of speakers from both the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, including Dr Wayne Frederick from Howard University; Dr Douglas B Evans and Dr Susan Tsai from the Medical College of Wisconsin; Dr Dilip Dan from the University of the West Indies; Dr Jordan Winter from UH Cleveland Medical Center; Dr Peter Hosein from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; and Dr Colin Weekes from Harvard Medical School.