When it comes to health and preventative testing, men are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves.
This is why the Lions Club of Grand Cayman has launched PACCE – a Prostate And Colon Cancer Event, designed to not only raise awareness of men’s health problems, but also to raise funds for organisations involved in the care of those suffering from cancer.
The Delano Hislop Memorial Journey for Life is a three-day, 45-mile event that hopes to draw several hundred runners and walkers to cover 15 miles per day for three consecutive days in memory of the Lions Club’s past president, who succumbed to colon cancer last year.
“It is evident that we men are reluctant to get tested for these things so we are trying to bring this to the forefront and also encourage women to get onto their men about getting tested. We are also trying to raise awareness about testicular cancer, it just didn’t fit into the acronym,” says Ercley Bodden, a Lions Club board member and committee member for PACCE. Vouchers will also be given out so that men can go and get the necessary tests that could lead to early detection of cancer.
Interested parties who have not yet registered can still sign up today, Friday, 29 June from 5 to 8pm at the Lions Community Centre. The Lions Club is serious about fundraising through this event and for this reason the club is asking each participant raise a minimum of $500 through sponsorship.
Walking or running 45 miles is no mean feat, nor is raising $500 dollars – but it’s nothing compared with the ordeal that someone suffering from cancer goes through. The Lions Club is setting an example, saying, “This is about stopping the talk and taking action.”
Proceeds from the event will go to 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. Participants will take a westerly route on the first day, walking through George Town and up to the bypass to the Strand, returning along the coastal roads. The second day’s route heads out along the east-west arterial to Bodden Town and back. The third day will explore the eastern side of Grand Cayman.
There will be water stops and rest stops along the way and the early start will ensure participants are able to finish before it gets too hot.
For further information, contact the Lions Club of Grand Cayman or email [email protected]