“It is about reducing fear, about helping people live with cancer”
Walk for Life/Carrera por la Vida founder Brigitte Gypen, Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and deputy Arona mayor Antonio Sosa hosted a press conference in the Adeje CDTCA to announce details of this year’s series of events celebrating 10 years of the Walk for Life.
The annual walk, which takes place this year on December 14th, is a rallying call for cancer sufferers and survivors, and is a unifying event in many ways. It brings together Spanish cancer charities and support organisations, people living with cancer, their friends and families, those who have sadly lost someone to cancer, and on a wider scale the general public of Adeje and Arona, a multi-cultural mix in itself, as the walk always crosses from one borough to another, alternatively starting in Adeje and ending in Arona, or vice-versa. This year the walk will start in the CC City Centre and finish at Fañabe beach.
Adeje’s mayor congratulated Brigitte and the organisers on the multi-cultural nature of the event, as well as all the good work achieved in early detection and help for those families who are suffering as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis. “This is about overcoming obstacles, about making the invisible visible, about creating awareness among friends, family and society in general”, he said as well as praising the solidarity network among those who have suffered cancer which helped improve the quality of life of those still struggling. “It is also about reducing fear, about helping people live with cancer”. He added that the funds raised during the annual event were also very important for the cancer associations. The mayor alluded to austerity measures by the national government in many areas, including health, which, he underlined, “could put lives in danger”.
Antonio Sosa, deputy mayor of Arona, congratulated Brigitte on her ongoing work as well as all the volunteers who work throughout the year. “This has become a ‘Clásico’” he said, and helped let people know that “they are not alone, that there are many many people with them in their struggle. We all need help now and then”, he said, adding “walking for life really is worthwhile”.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the walk, which sees thousands take part annually in what is a celebration of life and a reminder of the life-saving possibilities of early detection in breast cancer, the organisers with the support of the councils and businesses have organised 10 events, starting in October, which will also raise awareness, funds and support for breast cancer. “We have played a little with the Walk for Life title”, Brigitte Gypen said, announcing the events (listed below), which will bring together a whole host of people in the world of dance, sport, music, the media, gastronomy, and much more. Most of the events will take place in either Adeje or Arona, and Brigitte added “we hope to exceed the €18,000 raised last year”, adding that one of the group’s aspirations is to be able to create “a zone, a space a permanent home for people who want to talk about cancer, maybe to watch a film, listen to music…a ‘feel good’ room perhaps, a space where people can look forward to their tomorrows”.
Included among the events planned is a conference for life, with the participation of Dr Isabel Rubio Rodríguez, who will fly in from Barcelona for the event, and is a leading practitioner in breast cancer care and treatment. She will host two conferences, one in English and one in Spanish, to reach the widest audience possible, and answer questions from the floor. In parallel there will be medical experts on hand in screened areas to advise and demonstrate self-examination for women. And Brigitte told the conference that it was very important that women of all ages be aware of the need for body awareness and examination as in recent years more and more younger women were presenting, and early detection was and is vital.
The events are:
September 20th, Swim for life, Tenerife Top Training, Adeje
September 26th, Conference for life, CDTCA, Adeje
October 4th, Yoga for life, Playa Las Vistas, Arona
October 12th, Golf for life, Los Palos Golf, Arona
October 16th, Dance for life, Plaza Pescador, Los Cristianos, Arona
November 14th, Soul for life, El Médano, Granadilla
November 21st, Radiomarathon for life, Adeje
November 28th, Chestnuts and wine for life, Valle San Lorenzo, Arona
December 7th, Cycling for life, La Caleta, Adeje
December 14th, Walk for life
A new webpage has also been designed by the Karonte company which, www.carreraporlavida.com or www.walkforlife.es which has information on the association, galleries from past years and importantly registration forms for all of this year’s events. Early registration is important for the organisers, so if you are planning to take part in one or some of the events do register in advance where possible.