On Sunday, several Lindeners donned their running shoes and gear, and participated in the Town’s tenth annual cancer run, under the theme, ‘’let’s make Cancer history.’’
The event which commenced and culminated at the Linden/Georgetown bus park, saw competitors as young as five and as old as 78 years participating.
Many of the participants, like Victorine Jarvis, who recently lost her daughter to the dreaded disease, had someone in their family or knew someone who had died of cancer.
Jarvis, the oldest participant at 78, said that her daughter died the day before her son Arthur’s fifth birthday on October 16, two years ago.
Founder member, Judy Gravesande-Noel, reminisced briefly on the beginning of the cancer run ten years ago, subsequent to her participation in a similar run in Georgetown the year before.
According to Noel, after participating and winning in her category, she was determined to bring the ‘run’ to Linden. She was encouraged by the late Dr Walter Chin. Noel said that she shared this idea with some close friends, who were enthused- and the rest is history.
The following year, in October 2002, her dream became a reality when the first cancer run in Linden kicked off. It has since become an annual event.
Several other persons have collaborated with Noel over the years to ensure the success of the event. Among them are Glenneth Arthur, Janet Allen, Wanda Richmond, and Cammille Cummings.
However much of the success of the event is owed to the various sponsors in Linden. They have supported the event continuously over the years, according to Noel.
Those sponsors include Jac’s Restaurant and Bakery, Mayfield’s Variety, Grace Hercules, Republic Bank, and Bosai Minerals among others. For the first time international cellular service provider, Digicel, ‘jumped on board’ and was actually the major sponsor of the now popular event.
Participants were decked out in red tee shirts and caps inscribed with the word ‘Digicel’ in bold white letters.
Those who won in their various categories were presented with trophies and medals, while there were special prizes like blenders and hampers, for those persons who would have participated continuously over the years. There were also special prizes for the oldest finisher, youngest finisher, the largest family participating and the disabled.
Glenneth Griffith- London, a Canada-based Lindener, donated literature, under the theme, ‘Let’s make cancer history.’
Apart from the literature which was handed out to participants, there was an educational talk on living healthy, and how and when to do self examinations for breast cancer.
The participants were also exhorted to avoid fatty foods, watch what they eat and exercise regularly. Men were also encouraged to help their partners in doing the exams.
Recently there has seen an increase in cancer cases in Linden.
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