Huge Turnout for Cancer Walk Print E-mail
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Written by Shane d. Williams   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Kim Simpliss-Barrow at Cancer Walk (photo courtesy Olgi Urbina-Gough)Despite a bleak weather forecast, Belizeans turned out in record numbers to support the 2013 Cancer Walk. This year’s event was the biggest since its inception in 1996. The month of May is celebrated as Cancer Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Cancer: Did You Know? Get The Facts.”

The Belize Cancer Society and its partners are holding numerous events during the month in an effort to raise awareness on the deadly and indiscriminating disease. A symposium will be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on Thursday, May 30th, in which local and international experts will make presentations on cervical cancer. A second symposium will be held on Friday, May 31st, and the topic will be pediatric cancer. During this month, representatives of the Belize Cancer Society and partners such as the Belize Medical and Dental Association, have appeared on talk shows, held seminars and other events in an effort to raise awareness on and support for the fight against cancer. Throughout the month they have visited schools and  private sector firms and hosted different community education activities. 

The most anticipated event of Cancer Awareness Month is the annual Cancer Walk. The Belize Cancer Society holds the event not only to raise awareness on cancer but also to raise support for the work of the Cancer Society. Those who participated in the walk were encouraged to purchase T-shirts from the Belize Cancer Society. The proceeds go towards education campaigns and financial support for individuals battling the disease. Belmopan and Dangriga held their Cancer Walk on May 18th. Belize City held its Cancer Walk on Saturday, May 25th. The event started in Ladyville and ended at the Belize Cancer Society headquarters on Mercy Lane in Belize City. It is a nine-mile journey along Belize’s busiest stretch of road and the event has seen an increase in participants every year. The Belize Cancer Society expected a huge turn out this year but even they were surprised at the incredible support. Most participants came out in support of a relative or friend, who had been diagnosed with cancer. There were also a number of cancer survivors, who continue to support others engaged in their battles. Some came out who had no personal experience with the disease or no recollection of it affecting any relative but they wanted to walk in solidarity with other Belizeans affected. Corporate sponsors offered their support in financial or organizational assistance. Some handed out water and juices.

Individuals interested in purchasing T-shirts or providing any kind of support to the Belize Cancer Society can call 223-0922.