‘Walk for the Cure’ this weekend

From left, Joy Anglin, co-walk manager, Betty-Ann Duty of the Cancer Society, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, Shadden McLaughlin, co-walk manager, Jennifer Weber and Dr. Sook Yin of the Cancer Society, Dr. Steven Standiford of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and former Miss Cayman Islands Tonie Chisholm, at last year's Walk for the Cure.

An annual walk to raise funds and awareness in a campaign against cancer takes place throughout the region this weekend, with the Cayman walk taking place Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 a.m.

In the annual CIBC FirstCaribbean’s “Walk for the Cure,” thousands of walkers and runners across the most of the 16 territories where the bank is located, have gathered over the years for walks and runs in support of a local cancer charity.

The 5K family friendly walk in Cayman begins at 6:30 a.m. at Seven Mile Public Beach and follows a route along West Bay Road to the Blue Cilantro roundabout and back.

So far this year, through regional and local sponsors, as well as fundraising events and activities organized by the bank’s staff across the region, US$402,715 has been raised. The bank’s target is US$500,000.

Organizers said last year’s efforts raised US$400,000. The money went toward early cancer detection, care and support and raising awareness across the region.

“In the short five years that we have been organizing this event, it is truly remarkable how it has emerged as one of the region’s leading cancer fundraising and awareness causes,” co-chairs and CIBC FirstCaribbean executives Mark St. Hill and Trevor Torzsas said in a press release.

“What makes this walk so special for us is the way it rallies all sections of our regional communities together around this common cause.

“We are especially proud to know that every cent raised by their efforts and the generosity of our sponsors and donors will be donated to various organizations across the region to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients,” they said.

The organizers said the money is also used to provide assistance, care and counseling to patients and their families. Over the past five years, the bank has raised more than US$1 million from the event.

To register for the walk or to donate, visit www.cibcfcibwalkforthecure.causevox.com.

This article has been amended to correct the date of the event. – Ed.