Member of Parliament and Minister of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender Affairs Hon. Dr Jacqui Quinn Leandro’s has returned to active duty following a recent announcement of being cleared completely of breast cancer.
The announcement came last weekend via social media outlet ‘Facebook’ and there have since been an outpour of support for the government officials from across the country.
Dr. Quinn-Leandro posted a momentous photograph of herself ringing the bell that signals the end of her radiation therapy.
She has long maintained that cancer was not necessarily a death sentence if addressed early and properly.
Seven months ago the St. George MP was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and has since been back and forth undergoing treatment in the United States.
But her journey was not without controversy with a swift and sizable government grant to fund her treatment program which received mixed reaction from the public.
Some US$100,000 was allotted from the Medical Benefits Scheme for the Minister’s cause. The public contention with this move was that many Antiguans and Barbudans appear to be denied such assistance, either due to high costs of simple disqualification, from the scheme. Some have been made to seek public assistance through fundraisers and other creative programs to secure the necessary funding for treatment.
The most recent of such creativity was observed when the Committee and Contestants of the Source Teen Splash Competition 2013 in conjunction with the Leo Club of Antigua collaborated to host a fundraiser walkathon for 4 year old Marquis George-Beazer. He has a tumor which needs urgent removal and did not receive full government support. $5038.00 was raised for the lad’s cause – a far cry from what was earmarked for the government official.
In the meantime Dr. Quinn-Leandro is said to have returned to active duty and is poised to speak at a meeting of women parliamentarians in the coming weeks.