A pink wave united the boroughs of Adeje and Arona to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer, and the event raised over €20,000 euros which will go towards research and to organisations working with patients and families directly affected by breast cancer
A pink wave formed by over 4,000 walkers united Adeje and Arona this Sunday. The Walk for Life, now in its 13th year, works to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer.
Organised by the Foundation Carrera por la Vida/Walk for Life and both councils, with the collaboration of the Tenerife Cabildo as well as private sponsors, the event also raises funds for research into cancer treatment and cures and for cancer suffers and their families. This year over €20,000was raised according to the organisers, with funds certified by an appointed notary.
This year’s honorary Grand Marshall was para-athlete Gema Hassen-Bey. Taking part were Brigitte Gypen, the mayors of both boroughs, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, and thousands of other walkers.
The walk began at 11am at Siam Mall in Adeje, walking along the V Centenario Avenue, along Rafael Puig LLuvian Avenue and to Las Americas Avenue in Arona, with a bus travelling in parallel for those mobility challenges and difficulties in completing the 4 kilometre walk…
Brigitte Gypen said that now “we have twenty thousand reasons to meet again next year and bring even more people along”. Arona mayor José Julián Mena, stressed the importance of the event in raising awareness about breast cancer with many families in South Tenerife suffering as a result of the disease. “We want them to know that they can depend upon us”, he said, as well as calling for the proper provision of health services in the south of the island. He also underlined the importance of early detection in the fight against the disease.
Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said that this was a special “international” day every year for everyone taking part. “It has become an event that promotes social harmony” as well as calling for better treatment for cancer sufferers and stressing the importance of early detection.