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Jun 6, 2022

Cancer Walk 2022 – a Success!

After a two-year hiatus, the Cancer Walk was back in full swing over the weekend. It was different this year – the crowd was visibly smaller than before, but the energy remained the same, even though the route changed to Belize City. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Hundreds of Belizeans got up early on Saturday morning and made their way out to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, as one of the biggest cancer awareness events took place. Cancer Walk 2022 saw entire families, staff members from different businesses and schools participate. They all took the trek from Marion Jones on Princess Margaret Drive, over BelCan Bridge down the stretch of Central American Boulevard past Caesar Ridge Road, Yarborough, Regent Street, across the Swing Bridge to the Baron Bliss Lighthouse, and along Marine Parade. The walkathon ended back at the Marion Jones.

 

Nicola Longsworth

Nicola Longsworth, Volunteer, Belize Cancer Society

It was really heartwarming when we got out here and we saw so many supporters. We were a little bit anxious moving it to the city, but I have to say that the Belize City people – well the entire country because we saw representatives from different districts – everybody came out to support us.”

 

Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner was among those who came out for the walk.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“It’s great to be back. This is a great event. Really bring out the awareness of cancer and how it has impacted adversely the lives of many Belizean residents and certainly by me coming out here to show that support, I feel awesome about it. It is great to have this type of activity back again in this city.”

 

Many persons wore shirts purchased from the Belize Cancer Society as a way of businesses and individuals contributing to the cause. Coming out in huge numbers were the youths, including students from the Belize High School.

 

Jamie Lee Usher

Jamie Lee Usher, Principal, Belize High School

“We actually partnered with the Belize Cancer Society and so we got about sixty-five registrations just from our school. We are only two hundred so I’ll take it this year. It’s the first time back, next year we’ll go for more.”

 

Duane Moody

“This is all about creating awareness. Everybody someway somehow knows somebody who is fighting cancer have lost the fight or survived it. Is it the same for you?”

 

Jamie Lee Usher

“For sure. I think everyone of us has been touched. I have uncles, grandfathers, aunts, everybody has been touched and unfortunately not everybody is a survivor. So cancer is one of the things that we have to keep pushing.”

 

Miriam Paz

Miriam Paz, Representative, Optimist Club 501 Belize

“We work with the youth, we work with the community and this is our crowd here. We have like fifty persons out here. We partner, we work with the Belize Cancer Society, we give a donation and we know that we have to represent our community and work together; that’s the reason why we are here.”

 

While traffic personnel assisted with traffic control through the streets of the city, about eighty officers attached to the Belize Police Department participated in the walk. They also did a barbecue and the proceeds will go to the Belize Cancer Society.

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“We have lost several of our officers to cancer and it is only right that we support the cancer society in this fight against the deadly disease.”

 

Cancer survivor Beverly Terry, a poster woman of sorts for the cause, took the opportunity to give thanks to the Belize Cancer Society for helping her to overcome stage four breast cancer.

 

Beverly Terry

Beverly Terry, Breast Cancer Survivor

“This day couldn’t pass and I didn’t come out here. I really wanted to come out here to show my support. Just that I know what they do for others. When you hear cancer, immediately you either think death or it is a lot of money. Well I never think death. I think it is a lot of money and by God’s grace I got through. I had tremendous support and I want to give thanks for that.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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