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Nov 10, 2000

Cancer Walk set for Saturday

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Close to one thousand Belizeans are expected to be up before the crack of dawn on Saturday to participate in the annual Cancer Walk from Ladyville to Belize City. The event, which is the biggest fundraising activity of Cancer Awareness Month, was launched in 1996 by the late Juliet Soberanis, who eventually lost her life to the disease. President of the Belize Cancer Society, Higinia Leslie, says the fifth annual walk is an opportune time to show solidarity.

Higinia Leslie, President, Belize Cancer Society

“Cancer is something that has touched everybody’s life. If it’s not you personally, it’s a member of your family, a friend that you know or a friend of the family, so you have to show support. So we are doing this in honour of the person that is still living or in memory of the person that has died.”

“The walk starts from Ladyville at five a.m. sharp. We have busses courtesy of Novelo’s Bus Service, so you have no fee to pay. The busses will assemble at the Pallotti junction at three-thirty a.m. We want to leave the junction at four sharp so that the walk can start at five a.m. sharp. We will have pins for sale for a two-dollar donation. The pins will be controlled by those wearing a brown wristband. Only those walking will be able to buy the pin at two dollars. After the walk it will be for ten dollars, that’s the original price for the pins.”

The annual Cancer Walk is being held under the theme: “The Best protection is early detection.”

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