Taking strides against breast cancer

Registration has begun for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s Stride Against Cancer Walk/Run which will be held 15 January.

This year marks the 11th running of the race, but the first under a new logo and a rebranding of the event.

Christine Sanders, general manager of the CICS, spoke of the significance of Stride Against Cancer.

‘The event is the biggest single fundraising event in the society’s calendar and unites the community in the fight against cancer.

‘The 2006 event is especially important because the funds have been designated to the digital mammography initiative, a machine which will potentially benefit everyone on the island as everyone has a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, colleague who will use the machine, once purchased and installed at the Cayman Islands Hospital,’ she said.

The digital mammography unit will enhance screening and detection of breast cancer.

Ms Sanders hopes the new logo will come to symbolize one of Cayman’s most important events.

‘The re-branding is important because it gives us a new look as we enter the second decade of the event,’ she said.

The entry fee for the race is $25, with the first 1,200 people signing up receiving a T-shirt with their registration package. Corporations which sign up more than 10 entrants will get registration packs delivered, according to the society.

In addition, Grand Cayman schools will be taking part in a Stride Against Cancer Friday, 13 January. The event will take place at school fields and children who walk will donate 1$ to the CICS for the new mammography unit.

Runners at the main Stride on 15 January can choose between a half-marathon (13.1 miles) and a short course (6 miles). Both races begin at Public Beach.

Aid stations will be set up along the route, sponsored by Cayman National Bank, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Octopus Event Management Ltd., RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Subway, The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman and Truman Bodden and Company. Subway is sponsoring a prize for the most creatively decorated aid station.

Premier sponsors of the event are Progressive Distributors, Fosters Food Fair-IGA, Generali Worldwide and BB&P, which designed the new logo.. Other sponsors include Gatorade, Hawaiian Tropic, Le Bleu, Quaker and Tropicana. Rooster 101 and Z99 are the premier media sponsors of the event, according to the society.

Several prizes will be awarded as part of the event, with a drawing for a Cayman Airways ticket to the Sister Islands open to all who register before 9 January. All registrants and volunteers will also be eligible for random prizes after the race and there will be two youth prizes sponsored by Generali for children who sign up.

In addition, North Side resident Ann Macfarlane is organizing a walk from Old Man Bay to Rum Point for residents of East End and North Side, beginning at 7.30am. All registrants will receive a walk registration bag and will be eligible for the spot prizes.