Today’s Editorial January 12: Give cancer the boot

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is offering a win-win event for all this weekend.

The Stride Against Cancer – the annual fundraising walk/run – will be held Sunday morning.

Walkers and runners need only to sign up with any Cancer Society worker or volunteer and pay a nominal fee of $25.

Sunday’s event is a win-win situation because money from the fundraiser will be used to buy a digital mammogram for the Cayman Islands Hospital and those participating in the walk/run will benefit from much-needed exercise.

Veterans to running and walking will delight in the 13.1 mile half marathon Sunday morning and those with less experience can take on the short course of only six miles.

But if you can’t make the entire distance, that’s OK. Those who sign up can do as little or as much of the walk as they are able.

The main event begins and ends at the Public Beach on West Bay Road, but those in the eastern districts can take part too with a six mile course that begins at Old Man Bay and ends at Rum Point Beach.

This is the largest fundraiser for the Society each year and participation is extremely important.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society does so much each year to help those diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. The Society is non-profit.

The mission of the Society is to increase awareness of cancer as a major health condition, to promote leadership, to prevent the development of cancer and to counsel and support cancer patients and their families.

Its goal is to reduce the incidence of cancer and improve the quality of life of all touched by the dread disease.

Part of the work the Society does is age-appropriate educational programmes, helping cancer patients who qualify with treatment-related expenses, establishing a cancer survivor network and reviewing legislative matters of interest to the Society and advocating for relevant change in legislation.

Now the Society wants to help all women in the Cayman Islands by donating a digital mammography machine to the Cayman Islands Hospital.

It’s an expensive venture. The machine costs about US$300,000. It will be an asset to the hospital because the digital machine can better detect breast cancer than the old equipment in place now.

Anyone who has a mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt or female friend should get into the act and help the Cancer Society raise money for this worthy cause. It could be the piece of equipment that one day helps save their life.

Taking part in this weekend’s Stride Against Cancer is a great way to help.