More than 100 people took to the sand along Seven Mile Beach and raised just shy of $5,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation’s 4th Annual Light Up the Night beach walk.
Breast cancer patients, survivors, supporters, and even pets walked together in the fight against breast cancer from Royal Palms to the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on March 15.
Participants carried illuminated balloons in a show of solidarity. Chief administrator for the Breast Cancer Foundation Heather McLaughlin said the walk was nothing short of magical.
“The 2014 Light Up the Night was a superb success and the procession of glow-in-the-dark shirts and balloons quite magical. It’s heartwarming to meet participants and to hear their stories,” she said.
In a bid to raise awareness of the disease, walkers lit up the beach wearing glow-in-the-dark gear, including t-shirts, necklaces, and earrings. Some pets even sported glowing collars.
At the turnaround area, participants enjoyed an all pink set-up that included a pink cabana, torches, pink mock-tails, and macaroons.
“Nowadays, it’s rare in Cayman to find anybody who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer because of a family member, friend or their own diagnosis,” said Ms. McLaughlin.
“This event creates awareness of the disease and how the Breast Cancer Foundation can help victims through a difficult time in their lives. We truly appreciate our wonderful supporters and volunteers,” she added.
An estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States during 2014, and about 2,360 new cases are expected in men, according to the American Cancer Society.
The Breast Cancer Foundation said the money raised from the walk, which was sponsored by Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Dart Enterprises and Silver Wheaton, will go to breast cancer victims in dire need of financial support.