Painting Belize Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Whitfield TowerResidents of Belize City will notice huge pink bows being prominently displayed on major buildings across the city. The initiative started at the Whitfield Tower which houses the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children.

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is encouraging all Belizeans to join in the campaign to “Paint Belize Pink” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, citizens are encouraged to wear their pink ribbons, pink shirts, accessories or anything pink in celebration of those who have beaten the disease and in support of those who are currently engaged in the battle. Mrs. Barrow also suggests that every home light a candle in memory of those who have lost their life to the disease. By lighting candles or inserting pink light bulbs throughout the month, one is not only paying tribute to those who have fought bravely and fell in battle but is also looking forward to a day when the war will be over. The pink bulb shows that we are shining the light on breast cancer because awareness saves lives. The candle flame represents hope in that even though hope is sometimes dim as long as it is present we can keep going and Belize joins the rest of the world in the march towards a cure.

Until that cure is secured, women are encouraged to do regular self-breast exams and men and women should visit health facilities to conduct routine tests. It is a fact that women and men get breast cancer and the Special Envoy is partnering with the Belize Cancer Society on a national awareness campaign throughout the month of October to encourage more individuals to get tested.