More than 150 runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages took part in the Lions Club of Grand Cayman Prostate, Colorectal and Testicular Cancers Event (PACCE) Delano Hislop Memorial Journey for Life fun walk on Sunday.
The eighth annual event raised more $32,000 in donations, which will go to local not-for-profit organisations Jasmine (formerly HospiceCare) and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to continue their work in the fight against cancer.
The club’s first vice president Carmin Godfrey said she was heartened by the turn-out. “The event is very important as the funds raised from the sponsors and participants are used to support the offering of free PSAs (prostate-specific antigen) at awareness meetings, assisting persons who have been diagnosed [with cancer] and need help and giving donations to CICS and Jasmine,” she said.
The PACCE event is close to the hearts of the members of the Club since it was started in memory of one of their own, former Lion Delano Hislop who died from cancer.
Godfrey said the event is essential as it “helps to promote general awareness to the public on these types of cancer for early detection”.
This year the event featured, for the first time, three tiers; a 5K walk, a 10K run and 15K ride.
Governor Martyn Roper and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson joined participants in making rounds on the event route that started from Jasmine’s West Bay Road headquarters. The route took participants into West Bay and back down to Jasmine.
“I was delighted to attend the Lions Club of Grand Cayman PACCE 5K event on Sunday. The Lions Club is a world-class organisation and the work they do to educate the public, which helps prevent prostate and colon cancer, has been very successful. I wish the Lions Club continued success,” Manderson said.
Governor Roper tweeted similar sentiments, adding that he used the PACCE event as training to prepare for the Deputy Governor’s annual 5K, which will be held this Sunday.