Hundreds of cancer survivors, friends and families will be supporting the Light Up The Night (Full Moon) Breast Cancer Beach Walk this Saturday.
The Breast Cancer Foundation’s fundraiser, now in its sixth year, will see hundreds of walkers stroll from Royal Palms to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and back, starting at 7 p.m.
Participants aged 14 and over should donate $25 to take part and get a complimentary glow-in-the-dark T-shirt, while the under-14s walk for free and will each receive a pink flashing balloon. Glow bracelets and necklaces will also be given away by the charity, which is expecting around 600 walkers to take part.
All registration-paying entrants will each get a raffle ticket and have the chance to win many prizes following the walk, including two goodie bags each worth $400 from Victoria’s Secret; Cartier products; dining certificates; and massages.
“We started out with just 50 walkers six years ago,” said the charity’s chief administrator, Janette Fitzgerald.
“The event is very visual. We head off down the beach just as the sun is setting and arrive back at Royal Palms after nightfall. Last year, the Light Up The Night Breast Cancer (Full Moon) Walk attracted around 400 participants, each year the event is growing. It’s really captured the imagination of those living on that stretch of Seven Mile Beach and many of the condo complexes and owners put on their beach lights to show their support.”
She also added that The Ritz-Carlton arranged tables with refreshments for the walkers at the halfway point.
The 3km walk is a non-competitive event and is therefore growing in popularity as a charity walk ideally suited to family members of all ages. Walkers are also invited to bring along their dogs.
Participants wanting to grab a bite to eat can do so at discount prices at Royal Palms. The venue has also created a special pink cocktail, with part-proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Fitzgerald, who mentioned that the event is just one of a number of fundraisers the charity organizes annually said, “This is an important fundraiser for us. All proceeds are to go towards the Breast Cancer Foundation’s Wellness Fund, which provides counseling and spa services during chemotherapy, with massage, hair treatments for re-growth, acupuncture, lymphatic drainage, dietary advice and help, exercise, support group and cold caps (to help stop hair loss during chemo).”
“These are some of the services the BCF provides free to breast cancer patients and survivors. We currently have 80 people on our Wellness Program list,” she added.
The charity raised around $10,000 last year. It would like to increase that amount this year as the foundation’s expenditure has increased in part due to the launch of the Wellness Fund nearly a year ago.
Registration is from 6 p.m. at Royal Palms. To pre-register, either download the Light Up
The Night 2016 registration form, call Janette on 949-3542/923-1135 or call in to see her at the Remax office at Seven
Mile Shops. Alternatively, email [email protected]
For more information, visit breastcancerfoundation.ky.