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ICWI/Ja Reach to Recovery Pink Run set for October 28

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The exciting ICWI/Jamaica Reach to Recovery Pink Run under the theme 'Tutus and tall socks' is slated for Saturday, October 28 in New Kingston.

The organisers are inviting runners and fun lovers to register for a day of competition and camaraderie, as they seek to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Jamaica Cancer Society's Jamaica Reach to Recovery.

Individuals and teams can now register for the 5K run/walk by paying online at www.runningeventsja.com. Registration can also be done manually by submitting the completed entry forms and payment at The Jamaica Cancer Society, 16 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5. Individual registration is $1200, while teams of 20 people and over will attract a cost of $1000 per person. Individuals can also register for the premium package at $3000, which includes an official Pink Run shirt and complimentary post-race breakfast.

Jamaica Reach to Recovery is an affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, whose roles, in addition to those previously mentioned, also include providing information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and, by extension, their families and friends.

Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, Carolind Graham, expressed her delight at the growth of the Pink Run and hopes it continues to expand, both in bringing awareness to the fight against breast cancer and financially, as the funds raised by the run plays a key role in assisting women to access life-saving tests and treatments.

“This run is a crucial source of funding for Reach to Recovery as it enables us to help women who are diagnosed with breast cancer to get the care needed to live long, productive lives. Many persons are unaware of the costs of diagnostic tests and treatment, as well as the effects this disease has on individuals and their families. The run also serves as a means of raising awareness and spreading the message of the importance of regular screenings, as early diagnosis is a big part of successful treatment,” said Graham.

Usually, the costs associated with the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are within the millions and generally out of the reach of many Jamaican women. Samantha Samuda, vice-president of ICWI and chairperson of the Pink Run, believes the run can be a major factor in improved health care for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is one of those ailments that can be mentally, physically and financially devastating, not only for the women who are diagnosed but also for their families and friends. The ICWI/Jamaica Reach to Recovery Pink Run has identified a need to provide aid for those women and families. I think with the support of Jamaica and the Diaspora we can make a big difference in health care accessibility and delivery, to provide some level of comfort and ease for women living with breast cancer in our society,” said Samuda.

The Pink Run, pink being the colour associated with breast cancer worldwide, is a themed 5K run/walk. The theme for 2017 is 'Tutus and Tall Socks' and individuals and teams are asked to come out in their outfits to show their support for breast cancer. There will be prizes for the best dressed team and best dressed individual.