Stronger than Cancer




Cancer is a broad term that describes the disease that results when cellular changes cause the uncontrolled growth and division of cells. Some types of cancer cause rapid cell growth, while others cause cells to grow and divide at a slower rate. 
It is a debilitating disease that wreaks havoc not only on an individual’s body, but can devastate lives and families. 

In commemoration of World Cancer Day we had a chat with Rtr. Brenesha Bryan about her experience and journey with Cancer.

Which Cancer do you have and at what stage?

Kidney Cancer – Stage 1

When were you diagnosed?
December 2017

What were your symptoms that led to your diagnosis?
Severe back pain, swelling  of the legs, retaining  fluid/ have problem to past urine

How did you feel when you were diagnosed?

Like I’m dying and all hope was gone

What has been your major challenge?
My major challenge was to eat healthy, so I gave up certain foods. And I also couldn’t  keep down food.

How do you cope and manage? 
At first I wasn’t  coping well until i was introduced to the Rotaract  Club of New Kingston, that welcomed me with  open arms.  The energy  push me to keep on the right path.  Managing is hard so my parents help me to keep on track and I make sure I do all my treatments on the given dates.

What would you like for persons and groups like Rotaract to do more?
Promote  against things that cause cancer and try their best to try and help someone  that have cancer because just by communicating  with someone it  makes a major change in their  lives. You just might give them hope and you don’t even know.

What’s your message to other persons battling Cancer?
My message to others is  to not give up hope.  Fight it because I know you are stronger that it . Take your medication  and find a club or similar initiative. It makes your mind clear by the activities the club do. 
Do something that you always wanted to achieve, because  you will use your time fighting  and time will pass by so easy and you won’t even realize . 
Let’s not make cancer kill you, you kill cancer.


Today marks 10 years since the Rotaract Club of New Kingston (NKRC) was chartered under the sponsorship of our parent club the Rotary Club of New Kingston. The club was chartered on April 1, 2004 under the leadership of Charter President Marsha Smikle. Since then the club has seen tremendous growth and made numerous service milestones in Jamaica and District 7020.  From our signature projects life Feeding the Homeless and assisting with the JFLL program at Saxthorpe Methodist to our newer initiatives such as the Wing Sauce competition, NKRC has proven to be a very multifaceted organization that caters to not only the needs of our society but also members. We are a family of young professionals using our knowledge and skill set to positively impact the future of our nations.

Fellowship is an important part of NKRC and it is our knack for fellowship that has lead to numerous collaborations with Rotaract & Rotary Clubs within and outside District 7020. 

We have also produced strong leaders which is the leading contributor to the numerous members of NKRC who have be selected or nominated to served our district in various capacities. Our current District Rotaract Representative (head Rotaract in District 7020) is Past President Julie Ramchandani and we currently have five members serving under her able leadership. 

We have won a few awards over the years because of the excellent activities we have been able to implement:

—2011-2012 Bronze Award Recipient —

2011-2012 Best  Club Service Award —

2012-2013 First Quarter Silver Award —

2012-2013 Gold Award Recipient

 2014 Zone 34 Public Image Citation

As we celebrate this milestone, we look forward to continuing to strive for excellence as we “Fellowship through Service.”