More than 60 people took part in the Lion’s Club of Grand Cayman’s Prostate and Colon Cancer Event walk and run campaign, known as PACE, over the holiday weekend.
Carmin Godfrey, chairwoman of the PACE committee, said this year’s three-day walk/run, which began on Saturday and was completed on Monday, had the most participants signing up since the campaign was started four years ago.
“The PACE campaign has continued to grow over the years and the awareness of prostate and colon cancer amongst the men in the community has more than doubled in the last four years, which has resulted in more men going to get the PSA testing done,” Ms. Godfrey said.
Each participant paid a $50 registration fee and runners and walkers were also encouraged to Lions Club donation form to fund raise as much money as they could, with $500 being the minimum.
Organizers said the total amount raised would be tallied on Friday as there was still a number of people who still had donations to bring in.
Ms. Godfrey said the funds raised will be shared between the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and Cayman HospiceCare, with 50 percent going to the Cancer Society, 25 per cent to HospiceCare and 25 percent to the Lions Club to promote public awareness initiatives of the disease year round and the walk/run event.
“Overall, the feedback from runners and walkers was very good and everyone had a good time,” Ms. Godfrey said.
The walk/run campaign is held each year in memory of past Lion president Delano Hislop, who lost his battle with colon cancer in January 2011.
Starting on Saturday, participants walked approximately 15 kilometers each day until they reached the closing ceremony on the public beach on Monday. Each day’s walk ended at the Lions Community Centre.
The focus of the three-day journey for life educates men and women in the Cayman’s community about early detection and prevention of these diseases, organizers said.
One in seven men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Nearly all men diagnosed in the early stages are likely to be disease-free after five years.