Massive Turnout for Cancer Walk 2014 Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

“Facts Can Save Lives… Power Up!!!!”
The Belize Cancer Society held its annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, May 31, and a record number of participants showed up to help raise awareness on the indiscriminate disease. Despite a bleak weather forecast, Belizeans got out of bed early on Saturday to show their resilience against the disease or support for loved ones who are and have battled cancer. The symbolic walk has done a lot to raise awareness on all types of cancer. The event has grown significantly every year; going from a small crowd of Cancer Society reps and community organizers in 1996 to a national assembling event.

Men, women and children of all ages, races and social backgrounds lined up in front of Celina’s in Ladyville Village for a 5 a.m. start time. Some were driven to the commencement site but most boarded buses to reach. The Belize Cancer Society had pick up spots in front of the Belize Water Services Limited, Pallotti High School, Channel 5 building, Friendship Restaurant and Brodies Supermarket on the highway. Participants had various reasons for taking on the nine-mile journey from Ladyville to the Belize Cancer Society headquarters on Mercy Lane in Belize City. 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. A number of participants also walked in memory of loved ones who had lost their fight. Quite a huge number of people participated who say they have no personal experience with the disease or no recollection of it affecting any relative but they want to walk in solidarity with other Belizeans affected. Corporate sponsors offered their support in financial or organizational assistance. Bowen and Bowen and San Cas handed out water and juices.

The month of May is celebrated as Cancer Awareness Month and the Society is making special emphasis on this year’s theme: “Facts Can Save Lives… Power Up!!!!” The Belize Cancer Society holds the annual walk 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. Individuals interested in purchasing T-shirts or providing any kind of support to the Belize Cancer Society can call 223-0922.