Walkers and runners have raised $40,000 for charity in memory of loved ones who battled cancer.
Of the money raised, 50 percent will go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, 25 percent to Cayman HospiceCare and 25 percent to the Lions Club to promote public awareness of the disease with a year-round campaign and the walk/run event.
The campaign aims to educate the population on the effects and possible prevention of diseases that primarily affect men’s health, starting with prostate, colon and testicular cancers, according the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, which sponsored last month’s Prostate and Colon Cancer Event campaign, known as PACCE.
More than 60 people took part in the walk and run over the holiday weekend of July 4-6.
“The Prostate and Colon Cancer Delano Hislop Memorial 3-Day Journey for Life Walk/Run for prostate and colon cancer was a success,” said Carmin Godfrey, PACCE chairwoman and one of the event organizers.
Ms. Godfrey pointed out the club’s focus on creating an acute awareness among the male population of certain cancers with the goal of removing some of the myths that prevent many individuals from getting medical checkups or screenings.
Since the first year of the program, PACCE organizers say there has been a significant increase in prostate-specific antigen testing, which is offered free at PACCE awareness meetings and at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
The walk/run campaign is held each year in memory of past Lion President Delano Hislop, who suffered from colon cancer and died in January 2011.