The second round of the Sagicor Globe-athon has received a greater response from Barbadians, with a record 2,000 plus runners and walkers yesterday showing support for the fight against below the belt cancers that women suffer.
Approximately 800 more participants, compared to last year’s 1,200, registered for the event that falls under the auspices of the Barbados Cancer Society where partners, volunteers, and concerned citizens joined in the fight to reduce the incidence and impact of gynaecological cancers, including cervical cancer.
Gynaecologic oncologist Dr Vikash Chatrani, team captain for the Barbados leg of the Globe-athon relay, and clinical director of the Barbados Cancer Society, reminded the public that the funds raised from the initiative would be going towards the Gynaecological Cancer and Prevention Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“From last year’s initiative we raised $56,000. This year, we got so many registers in the last week that we don’t even know how much we have made as yet.
“And this is going to be done every year because we want to get people aware of these gynaecological cancers. We want to prevent what we can and make sure we can cure,” he said.
Globe-athon is a coalition of more than 80 countries dedicated to unifying communities around the world to raise awareness, education and research on gynaecological cancer. In Barbados, walkers assembled at the Bay Street Esplanade for a Crossfit Islandfit warm-up session at 3:30 p.m. before hitting the road at 4 p.m.
According to Dr Dorothy Cooke-Johnson, president of the Barbados Cancer Society, the success of this year’s lap of the event could be attributed to better marketing by sponsors and coordinators.
“If we go on each year, we hope to increase by 1,000 each year; and we are going on forever. So soon everyone will be in it.
“This year we have had more help and we have had more sophistication, which made it more polished; and we are probably going to end up making the same amount as we did last year,” Cooke-Johnson said.
The president added: “But the important thing is greater awareness on each occasion where there are more people who know about it; and that’s part of the battle which is two-fold.”
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