2015 Cancer Walk draws huge crowd

It’s not unusual for organizers of the annual Cancer Walk from Ladyville to Belize City to claim that each successive event is the biggest ever, because it usually is. But the distinction is clearly reserved for this year’s journey, which saw over 5,000 participants run, ride and walk the nine miles from Celina’s to the Belize Cancer Society (BCS) office on Mercy Lane beginning at five in the morning. Licensed nutritionist, Belize Cancer Society member and wellness coordinator for Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), Karen Rosito, summarizes the day and the prospects for beating cancer, which she mentions involves lots of finance.

 

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“It is wonderful that people are out here supporting,  the young, old and otherwise, supporting this excellent cause. As you can see, this morning, everybody was early and the crowd, I swear, swelled to over five thousand. I did not see the front, I did not see the back, I only saw where I was in the middle, but it is wonderful. If you noticed, for every shirt that was purchased, one dollar or so went to the Cancer Society.”

 Reporter

“What is the importance of participating in an event like this?”

 Karen Rosito 

Because today it may be them but tomorrow it may be you.  As you know we, at the Cancer Society, don’t get funding like that, so we depend on the public for funds. It is important because you never know when cancer will strike.

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It’s not unusual for organizers of the annual Cancer Walk from Ladyville to Belize City to claim that each successive event is the biggest ever, because it usually is. But the distinction is clearly reserved for this year’s journey, which saw over 5,000 participants run, ride and walk the nine miles from Celina’s to the Belize Cancer Society (BCS) office on Mercy Lane beginning at five in the morning. Licensed nutritionist, Belize Cancer Society member and wellness coordinator for Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), Karen Rosito, summarizes the day and the prospects for beating cancer, which she mentions involves lots of finance.

 

Karen Rosito  – Wellness Coordinator, BTL

“It is wonderful that people are out here supporting,  the young, old and otherwise, supporting this excellent cause. As you can see, this morning, everybody was early and the crowd, I swear, swelled to over five thousand. I did not see the front, I did not see the back, I only saw where I was in the middle, but it is wonderful. If you noticed, for every shirt that was purchased, one dollar or so went to the Cancer Society.”

Reporter

“What is the importance of participating in an event like this?”

 

Karen Rosito 

Because today it may be them but tomorrow it may be you.  As you know we, at the Cancer Society, don’t get funding like that, so we depend on the public for funds. It is important because you never know when cancer will strike.

Reporter

“What more needs to be done? Every day you hear the heartbreaking stories of kids with cancer, people with cancer are asking  for money and begging for donations.”

Karen Rosito 

“I think, honestly, and I’m sorry Mr. Government, that the government really needs to get involved more in order to support the Cancer Centre, especially the one in Dangriga where they do a lot of good work, chemotherapy and all that. Maybe the government needs to get involved but what about the regular citizenry, why not?”

 

 

The Cancer Walk is the single biggest fundraiser for the Society on an annual basis, and marks the official end of Cancer Awareness Month.

Karen Rosito 

“I think, honestly, and I’m sorry Mr. Government, that the government really needs to get involved more in order to support the Cancer Centre, especially the one in Dangriga where they do a lot of good work, chemotherapy and all that. Maybe the government needs to get involved but what about the regular citizenry, why not?”

 

 

The Cancer Walk is the single biggest fundraiser for the Society on an annual basis, and marks the official end of Cancer Awareness Month.

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