Autism Foundation Broadens Outreach To Cancer Care

The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation (MCADF)is now full speed, into its new Cancer care outreach program.

On Tuesday July 24 2018, officials of the Foundation in tandem with officials from the Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association (JESA) handed over two new wheelchairs to the Consie Walters Cancer Hospice in Kingston Jamaica.

The Hospice provides palliative care and services for Cancer patients whose treatments have been unsuccessful in stopping the advancement of the disease. As well as for those who need intimate, round the clock, professional monitoring, as they face their illness and treatment .


Cancer is the number two killer of Jamaicans, according to Ministry of Health.

The wheelchairs valued at just under 60-000 JMD will be used by the guests at the Hospice.

The MCADF enlarged its outreach as at 2016, when Foundation founder Maia Chung lost her mother, father and grandmother to the disease between 2016 to 2017.

The Foundation has a history of working outside of its main focus area of Autism.

The Foundation which turned 10 in April 2018, since it’s inception has provided wheelchairs and prosthetics to otherwise challenged people, with whom it has worked.

Managing Director of the Foundation Cinquain Smith said, “our organization was contacted by JESA, which itself is a great charity and offered two new wheelchairs “.

He explained further, “we accepted the generous donation and contacted the Consie Walters team to make the offer of the chairs…which were graciously accepted”.


The official handover was done by members of both organizations to the staff at the Deanery Road facility this past Tuesday.

The facility has many needs and both organizations have agreed on meeting with a view to providing more consistent help to the Hospice.

According to Founder of the MCADF Maia Chung, “there are two hospices in Kingston we want to start with, that includes Consie Walters”.

She added, “our family not only experienced significant emotional trauma, but financial losses as well due to the disease’s havoc with our lives…but we all learned how people truly suffer with the Cancer menace and want to help anyone who has a similar situation”.

Further, ” these hospices provide significant assistance at minimal costs and need to be supported where possible “.

JESA is a non-profit organization as is the MCADF which is non-profit and non-governmental.

Photo by Andre Salmon: Founder of the MCADF Maia Chung road tests a donor chair at the Consie Walters Hospice.
Also pictured from l-r Hudson Grant Secretary JESA, Cinquain Smith Managing Director MCADF, Quinn Smith MCADF, Cecil Dinnall senior member JESA, Gilbert Suckoo Acting President JESA and nurses and support staff of the Hospice.

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