Cancer journey begins this weekend

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman is inviting walkers and runners to join a three-day event to raise both awareness about men’s health and funds to help cancer sufferers.

PACCE, a Prostate And Colon Cancer Event, from Saturday, 30 June to Sunday, 1 July, aims to raise awareness about the health issues facing men and to raise money for organisations involved in caring for people with cancer.

The Delano Hislop Memorial Journey for Life is a three-day, 45-mile journey in which runners and walkers cover 15 miles a day for three consecutive days in memory of the Lions Club’s past president, who died of colon cancer in January last year.

Ercley Bodden, a member of the Lions Club board of directors, said: “What we’re trying to do is raise awareness of men’s health, in particular, about prostate, colon and testicular cancer. There’s definitely a lack of awareness because of the process of testing, especially for prostate cancer; men have this thing about how the test will be carried out.

“You can get a PSA [prostate-specific antigen] blood test and a rectal examination and there’s a phobia that makes men shy away from that. There’s a big reluctance among men to come forward to do the test.”

He said he hoped the event would help men to realise the importance of getting regular check-ups, especially once they reach the age of 40.

“All these cancers are treatable if you catch them at an early stage,” said Mr. Bodden.

Anyone interested in signing up for the walk/run can do so until Friday, 29 June, at the Lions Community Centre. The Lions Club is asking participants to raise a minimum of $500 each through sponsorship. Groups of three can take part, with one person walking or running each day, or one person can walk or run for the three days.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and Cayman HospiceCare.

The walk/run takes place this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, starting at 4.30am each day. On the first day, walkers and runners will go through George Town and along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway bypass to the Strand, returning along West Bay Road. The second day’s route will be along the east-west arterial to Bodden Town and back, and the third day will explore the eastern part of Grand Cayman.

For further information, contact the Lions Club of Grand Cayman on 925-4667 or email [email protected]