SIMPSON BAY–Elektralyets and Positive Foundations wrapped up their breast cancer awareness activities for October on Sunday, with the Pink Phit Phabulous walkathon challenge – the biggest one to date.
Some 400 persons participated in the event, which started at the parking lot of Kim Sha beach at 5:00am with the distribution of free T-shirts donated by Easy Print.
Participants warmed up with stretches led by zumba instructor Leary Hall.
Opening remarks were delivered by Elektralyets Foundation President Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals Wyatt and Positive Foundation President Shelly Alphonso, who both urged participants to take advantage of the last few free screenings that were still available for October.
A special address was delivered by two-time breast cancer survivor Mavis Brooks-Salmon, who reminded persons to eat healthy and pay attention to the packaging on their fruits and vegetables. She said persons can still celebrate life living with breast cancer, alluding to her own story of fighting it off twice.
Participants walked from Kim Sha beach up A.J.C. Brouwer Road, up the “old Cake House road,” along Union Road in Cole Bay, across the causeway bridge, along Simpson Bay’s main road and ended back at Kim Sha beach.
Participants were engaged with a “hot” zumba session and treated to breakfast from Bree’s Kitchen, beverages and water from CC1 and sound and music by Rent a Sound’s Arthur Hunt.
Elektra said she was happy to wrap up this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month on such a high note.
“It is hard work, but I do it from the bottom of my heart with passion and intense dedication. I have already started drafting the 2019 breast cancer awareness campaign, as awareness is a continuous task. I am look forward to continuing the breast cancer awareness fight alongside Shelly and the Positive Foundation after working together more than 10 years with our breast cancer awareness campaigns,” she said.
Alphonso thanked the doctors who donated their time to provide 30 opportunities for persons to get screened. She was happy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her breast cancer awareness efforts. “I look forward to next year as we continue to feel it, find it and fight it and help save lives through early detection,” she said.
The foundations thanked the business community, sponsors, participants, doctors, volunteers, family, friends, loved ones, survivors and breast cancer “warriors” for supporting them during Pink Month. “We look forward for the continued support in 2019 and remind St. Maarten that it takes a community to help save lives,” they said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/82060-400-make-challenging-walk-in-pink-phit-phabulous-event