Cancer Society walk/run draws hundreds

Organizers of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s annual walk/run are over-the-top with the turnout at Sunday’s fundraising event.

‘We were really amazed by the response,’ said Christine Sanders, education officer with the cancer society.

‘With things being as they are in Cayman, we didn’t think we’d get the same interest. People are still trying to put their lives back together after the hurricane.’

Sanders said around 1,100 people registered and some 800 turned out for the 10th annual walk/run on Sunday, raising some $20,000 for the society. That’s about the same amount as previous years.

Participants had a choice of completing a half marathon (13.1 miles) or six-mile course. It kicked off at Public Beach and wound its way along West Bay Road – with the long course traveling through George Town into South Sound – and back again. The weather co-operated as well, with cloudy skies and a steady breeze helping keep participants cool.

Organizers chose ‘Walk the Road to Recovery’ as this year’s theme ‘as we are all walking the road to recovery from Hurricane Ivan while at the same time walking the road to help those in our community who are battling cancer.’

The walk/run is the cancer society’s major fundraising event of the year.

‘We’re already planning for 2006,’ said Sanders.

The event was sponsored by Cable and Wireless, Foster’s Food Fair, Progressive Distributors, Z99 FM and The Rooster 101.9.