“Enjoying my sport & supporting a worthy cause “
I came across this little piece of memory today, it was published by the Barbados Advocate [Journalist Michael Phillips].
NO, not the Olympian, multiple record holder “Michael Phelps”, but the humble Michael who captures and records these historic moments. Thanks Michael *Thumbs-Up*
In step – Over 2 000 hit the road to end women’s cancers
Services and care in Barbados for below-the-belt cancers in women are on course to being expanded as the initiative received a major boost over the weekend. Supporters came out in droves to take part in the Sagicor Globeathon Barbados The Step to End Women’s Cancers, which was put on by the Barbados Cancer Society on Sunday evening.
The 5K Run and Walk, which is in its second year, will see the proceeds going towards improving women’s cancer services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). Speaking to The Barbados Advocate during the event, Dr. Vikash Chatrani stated that after surpassing their target of 300 in 2013, numbers were up this year from the 1 200 registered supporters last year.
“We had over 2 000 registered persons today; 300-plus runners and 1 700 walkers showed up to show support for this great initiative,” he said.
Chatrani explained that the money raised was going towards the development of a centre at the QEH that provides care and support at all stages of below-the-belt cancers in women as services were only available at private clinics.
“The funds are going towards the development of a gynaecological cancer and prevention unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This is a special unit that will be diagnosing pre-cancer as well as treating women with gynaecological or below-the-belt cancers and we must thank Sagicor for supporting us today with the event. Other corporate members in Barbados came out in their numbers to support this event and we are very happy for the strong support as well. At present, women with gynaecological cancers are being treated in regular gynaecological clinics. With the new gynae-oncologist that they have had there for the last two years, what this will do is centralise women’s care for gynae-oncological cancers. So women can get care in a timely manner. Once you are diagnosed with cancer, to get that sensitive news broken to you and then for us to plan comprehensive management to get you treated and back on the road,” he said.
Among the hundreds of supporters, there were a few of the island’s top runners and walkers who took the opportunity to take in a 5K as the season continues. Oein Josiah was the first man back across the line at the Bay Street Esplanade. He was followed by Hakeem Newton and Pierre Stanford.
In the women, it was Carlie Pipe who came home first. True to form, Elizabeth Renondeau was the second-fastest woman, while Elisa Whitehouse was third. (MP)
With a tremendous sprint from start to finish, Oein Josiah captured the second Sagicor Globeathon Step To End Women’s Cancer 5K Run & Walk, which was held at the Bay Street Esplanade on Sunday. – osiah led from the start to the finish in an event which saw close to 1 500 supporters, including Minister of Health John Boyce, turning out for the cause of “cancer below the belt”. Another familiar figure on the top podium, Carlie Pipe, was the first female home. –