Barbados Association of Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (BAEP) held their third annual Endo March today.
From as early as 5:30 a.m some 100 people entered the Rascals, Spring Garden facility to get their last minute warm up with Dr Rashida Daisley ahead of the march which started from Brandon’s Beach, Spring Garden Highway, St Michael.
The walkers were decked in their yellow shirts with the writing Invisible Not Imaginary, which is the theme for the association as well as the title of their debut book.
They walked the route which took them to Brighton, Black Rock Main Road, Westbury Road and culminated at Spring Garden Highway, armed with their placards which had information about the condition.
Co-Founder of BAEP Dawn Williams told Barbados TODAY the march saw a slight dip in the number of people they have seen attending the event in 2017 and 2018.
“It is a slight dip from last year and the year before, but we still had a fairly good turnout. Actually, it was 90 percent female. I still thought it was a good march and we had fun as the volunteers told the participants to finish strongly when they got by the finish line,” she said.
Williams said despite her happiness with the way in which the march went she thinks there needs to be more education about the disease on the island.
“I am pretty happy about the increased awareness but still a little disheartened as it is not taking off as much as I would like. There are still a lot of people that do not know what endometriosis is or what P.C.O.S is,” she said.
Williams said from the funds that were raised, Amanda Headley received a donation to fund her endometriosis surgery in May.
“She gave a fairly comprehensive summary of what she is going through. She has six cysts and her organs are fused together. So, it put some details to what the condition involved and I found that it was fairly well received as some persons got some explanation into what the condition is like,” she said.
President of Barbados Association of Endometriosis and P.C.O.S Jasmine Evelyn thanked the volunteers and the people who made the 3rd Annual BAEP March a success.
“I would like to thank Barbados Association of Muslim Ladies for coming out to support us. Also, the volunteers from Medical Students Association and the Accounts Students Association. I would also like to thank our corporate sponsors who donated resources and funds. A big thank you to everyone who bought a shirt and came out to walk with us,” she told Barbados TODAY.