The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Cayman Islands holds a number of fundraising events throughout the year. Its annual gala, always scheduled for the first Saturday in October, is arguably the biggest event of the season, with nearly 600 people in attendance. The “Light Up The Night” beach walk, now in its seventh year, also draws a large crowd for what is a much more casual gathering, but is no less important.

Royal Palms is the starting point on March 11, as it has been in past years, with the turnaround point at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Participants can either register online in advance, or at the venue the evening of the walk. There are often pink balloons, lights, T-shirts and accessories to be seen everywhere, which makes for a colorful night. In the past, women sporting pink wigs and feather boas have also not been unheard of.

Those who sign up for the walk are usually friends and family of those who have had breast cancer, or the survivors themselves. People are encouraged to walk to remember a loved one or support someone dealing with the disease.

Breast Cancer Foundation

The Breast Cancer Foundation was established in September 2009 by its directors, Kim Lund, James Bovell and John Broadbent, and is a charitable organization registered with the Cayman Islands government.

The foundation was created to provide financial support to several local charities working in the field of breast cancer education and providing aid for treatment costs. Some of these benefiting charities include the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens. These organizations work diligently for the awareness, prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Since its inception, the Foundation has expanded its work with a Wellness Program to directly help Breast Cancer patients from the time when they are diagnosed through their treatments and beyond. It also sponsors training and equipment for assisting the medical professionals in Cayman to better treat breast cancer patients.

The ‘Light Up The Night’ walk starts at 7 p.m. A donation of $25 includes a raffle entry. Register at breastcancerfoundation.ky.

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