The Cayman Islands Cancer Society and Camana Bay have teamed up this month to host a 5K family fun run that will raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Registry. The run, which is being held in honour of cancer amputee Terry Fox, was preceded by a special Moonlight and Movies event on 4 October, at which a series of inspiring short films about the heroic runner were screened. Terry Fox was just 18 when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and in 1980, with one leg having been amputated, embarked on a “Marathon of Hope” across Canada, to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Although the cancer forced him to eventually give up his quest after 143 days and 3,339 miles, he inspired people around the world with his strength and determination.
His story is one that organisers hope will resonate with and inspire the younger generations in Cayman.
Terry Fox runs are now held in more than 60 countries around the world involving millions of participants. It is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.
“We believe awareness should start amongst our youth and are excited to bring a Terry Fox event to the Town Centre for the first in what we hope becomes an annual event in the Camana Bay calendar,” organisers say.
The fun run takes place at 6am, beginning on Market Street Saturday, 6 October. A prize draw will be held following the run with prizes donated by Camana Bay merchants.
“In accordance with Terry’s wishes, both events are free and open to the public and there is no race registration fee.
Donations are suggested and all proceeds will benefit the Cayman Islands Cancer Registry to further date collection and cancer research on island.”
Pre-registration can be made at the Discovery Centre om the Paseo, online at camanabay.com or on the day of the event.