Cancer run had huge response

Hundreds of walkers and runners turned out for the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens Annual Brenda Tibbetts-Lund 5K Memorial Walk/Run over the weekend. Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities participated. Even dogs, wearing the theme colours of pink participated. It was truly a community event.

Rankine family

The Rankine family had the largest turn out
Photo: Ron Shillingford

From as early as 5.30am they congregated at West Bay Public Beach on Saturday.

Now a firm fixture on the events calendar, the memorial run/walk is in its 11th year.

Organised in memory of Brenda Tibbetts-Lund who lost her battle with breast cancer, this event raises funds to fight against breast cancer and to promote the importance of early detection as the best protection in this fight.

The event also celebrates the survivors of breast cancer and all other types of cancer.

A special ‘survivors’ tent’ was erected on the beach and it was inspiring to see the interaction between the survivors, family members and participants in the event.

Awards for the runners and walkers were given for first, second and third place in different age sections. Spot prizes were given included massages, personal training, dinners, and hotel nights amongst many others. The run was won by Michael King. All recipients of awards were pictured with cancer survivors.

King received his from Evangelist Gloria Wilks from West Bay new Testament Church of God.

Judith Witter is a Lion and chairperson of the Breast Cancer Association Committee. She said: ‘The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is extremely grateful to the public for its continued support of this event.’

Witter went on to express her appreciation to the many sponsors and especially to major sponsors Kim Lund and ReMax Cayman Islands, who believed in this event from its inception and have committed to its future.