You walked, you danced, you will save lives…

Over €35,000 raised on this year’s Walk for Life with over 5,000 people walking

A pink wave took over South Tenerife shortly after 10am this morning as over 5,000 people began to gather for the annual Walk for Life in aid of the fight against breast cancer. The 4 kilometre walk was from the Golden Mile in Arona to Plaza Salytien in Adeje and participants had performances and a flash-mob dance to keep them entertained as well as a steel drum band and bagpipes leading the way. The walk also has a new mascot, a Butterfly, who is still looking for a name, to be decided on after submissions online.

This year’s walk saw over €35,000 raised, and the money will be used for various cancer-related support and investigation projects. Among the 5.000+ walkers were the Foundation president Brigitte Gypen and various members of the the Arona and Adeje Town Halls, including both mayors, José Julián Mena (Arona) and, José Miguel R. Fraga (Adeje). Both mayors, in addressing the crowd before they set off, stressed the importance of having a fully functional oncology unit in the as-yet uncompleted public hospital for South Teneirfe. “My wish for next year’s walk is that we will finally have a public hospital here”, said the Arona mayor José Julian Mena. The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, took up the theme, “we continue to press for a quality public health service for everyone and are doing everything we can to make that a reality.”

José Julián Mena, also said it was a day to remember and celebrate those who couldn’t be here for many different reasons, and that it was a source of pride for him, “to be here in Arona today and see the south of Tenerife united as one, dressed in pink, the colour of awareness and sensitivity”. José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga added that “for another year running the south of Tenerife have demonstrated their high level of solidarity with those most in need, today that is those with cancer, in particular those with breast cancer, and their families”.







Are you ready to Walk for Life?


At a press conference to announce details the mayors of Adeje and Arona also called for an oncology unit in the public hospital being built in South Tenerife


The Walk for Life is on December 16th this year and will probably see over 5,000 people taking part, according to the organisers and the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, who held a joint press conference this morning. Foundation president Brigitte Gypen was at the top table alongside singer and this year’s honorary walk Grand Marshall, Agoney, who said this “was very important for him. It’s not the first time I have taken part – in previous years I sang too”.

4,500 walkers turned out for last year’s event and raised over €20,000. This year walkers will gather at the ‘Golden Mile’ in Arona and walk four kilometres to Plaza Salytien. And there will be a lot of fun activities before and afterwards, with many local singers and groups on hand to entertain the participants.

During the press conference the mayor of Arona also took time to stress the need for “an oncology unit in South Tenerife which needs to be based in the public hospital”, a demand seconded by the mayor of Adeje who added the need to address the issue of mobility, “under the current system cancer patients had to be brought to the north for their treatments, so adding to the treatments and illnesses they had to face long journeys, often prolonged by traffic jams”. Mena added that the Walk for Life was a “day full of hope but awareness has to be something permanent. It’s not just about one day but about 365 days”.

Adeje mayor Rodríguez Fraga renewed the borough’s commitment to the Walk for Life, “which reflects the solidarity of the south with those, mostly women, who are suffering from this illness. The Walk for Life gives them visibility, helps, and also highlights the need for early detection and the gaps that still exist in the treatments available”:

Brigitte Gypen thanked all those who participate and the businesses and sponsors, those helping with printing, merchandising, transport, halls, etc. She had special mention for the volunteers who work all year round to make the walk what it is. She told press that with increasing awareness of environmental impacts, this year there would be no balloons, instead streamers and flags. There will also be a flash mob – and people are already practising using the videos online on the Walk for Life and council social networks.

Detailing the use of funds raised last year, Gypen said that money was spent on the BRA project, ensuring that every woman on the island who has undergone a mastectomy has access to a special bra, designed for her needs, an essential tool in aiding recovery. Another project that has benefited from funding is the development of liquid biopsies and in the oncological physiotherapy service. These, as well as the on-going activities that happen in the Pink Room, and the donations to cancer associations such as the AECC and AMATE. Funding is also used to assist in the Kilómetro Solidario Project which provides transport for oncology patients in South Tenerife.


A surprise visitor to the press conference was the new mascot for the Walk for Life, a butterfly – a mascot that is, as yet, unnamed – but the public will be asked to help find a name through social media. The press were also shown the new promotional video, with local Spanish and British journalists urging people to take part in the Walk for Life on December 16th. And if you want to contribute but can’t take part on December 16th you can always buy the 2019 Voices for Life calendar or other promotional items.

The mayors of both boroughs also outlined other ways in which they are working to assist residents who are suffering from cancer today, “even though it might not be officially our responsibility, that is no way to evade the issue…we will continue to invest but also continue to demand quality public health services particularly in the south”, said the Adeje mayor.


The mayor of Arona informed the press that they have given the AECC association a headquarters in a municipal installation and are developing aquatic activities for patients who need them. The council also recently announced the availability of free transport for those who need to travel to Santa Cruz/La Laguna for oncological treatments.

Adeje too contributes annually, with the Pink Room in the borough’s Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia and are working on a lymphedema prevention programme, offering therapy, transport and working with the AECC. Both mayors said they would be taking part on December 16th, “walking for life, reinforcing these action plans, because they meet the needs of our people, together”.



Breasting the pink wave

“Here’s to the 5,000” was how Brigitte Gypen, president of the Walk for Life foundation urged people to take part in this year’s event, on Sunday December 17th, from Adeje to Arona, leaving from Siam Mall at 11am.

This will be the XIII edition of the march organised with the Foundation Walk for Life and the two councils, alongside the Cabildo and a number of private patrons whose united goal is to raise awareness, funds for research into breast cancer and those organisations working with individuals and families affected. Participants can register online now and buy their pink t-shirt from December 2nd at Siam Mall where the foundation have a special stand for the purpose.

The Walk for Life has also been delighted to confirm the presence of the para-Olympic champion Gema Hassen-Bey as this year’s Grand Marshall and the Arona and Adeje health councillors, Elena Cabello and Amada Trujillo, who also present at the event presentation today, urged members of the public to also join them in continuing to insist that the public Hospital del Sur has a complete oncology treatment unit. Amada Trujillo Bencomo said, “we hope that soon our patients can attend hospital here in the south so that they needn’t suffer the trip to the north of the island in search of treatment”.

Gema Hassen-Bey said she had decided to accept the offer to participate due to “the very special hugs” she had received from an individual after a conference on cancer. She too, she told the press and public, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and a year later (in a wheelchair) ascended to the Teide summit. “Today I am here to hug back”, she said.

“Come and walk, bring your friend, family, pets. We will have a bus for those who have reduced mobility or who get tired during the (4k) walk, there will be many surprises, a raffle, and lots more” concluded Brigitte Gypen.​

Life visions!

12 photographers have focussed their lens on people with breast cancer and their families
The Canarian Walk for Life foundation – Carrera por la Vida – is a solidarity initiative which works to raise awareness about the importance of early detection in breast cancer and serves too as a means by which the needs of those affected by cancer, and their families, can be met.
The event, organised annually by Brigitte Gypen, has taken place for the last 13 years, serving those vital needs and raising funds for associations, services, assistance programmes and cancer investigation.  The funds and the foundation also work to help those in recovery, physically and psychologically.  Among the annual activities organised every year by the foundation is the design and publication of a calendar showing the many different paths taken by those who are living with and working to overcome this cancer.

For the 2018 edition, and on a voluntary basis, the IGUALMENTE PRODUCE company, with director Ángel Pérez at the helm, set in train a creative process that has resulted in this calendar, bringing together 12 professional photographers, one for each month, each donating their own particular vision, to bring to light the stories of different individuals affected by breast cancer. Each photograph, each page reflects a unique moment, a slice of time that has a message, that unites art and hope.
Fashion photographers such as Edgar Magdalena, Beatrix Molnar and Williams Rodríguez, other professionals including the Milimalimón group, Yeray Cruz and Alberto Mahtani,  Joaquín Ponce de León, Laura Swing, Juanmi Alemany and press photographers Carol Alexander and Abraham Aránega and professor Concetta Rizza have also used their cameras to capture special seconds in time reflection how individuals are dealing with and beating cancer.
The calendar is just €6 (everyone involved donated their time and work for free) and you can pick it up at various outlets, including the Pink Room in Adeje, the Carolina Boix shoe shops, and other places. Thanks too to sponsors Finca Canarias Aloe Vera, Canaragua, Farmacia Arona, Carolina Boix, Con Líneas, El Alce and Valora, who underwrote the printing costs ensuring that all monies raised will go to the Walk for Life.

Walk for Life date announced


The 2017 Walk for Life will take place on December 17th. The walk, now in its 13th year, brings together thousands of men and women, many of whom have been directly affected by breast cancer, and raises funds for a number of Spanish cancer associations, for family care, and research.

The event is organised by the Walk for Life organisation, led by Brigitte Gypen, and the Adeje and Arona councils. This week Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo met with Gypen to start preparations for this year’s walk, though the organisation is active 365 days of the year, organising events, talks, workshops and much more to help individuals and families affected. There is also a Pink Room which was given by the Adeje council to the Walk for Life, and is based in the School of Security in Los Olivos.

Councillor Trujillo said, “There are many people affected by cancer who look forward to this event every year, and there are many more who want to help. And it’s very important to recognise all that happens around the Walk, and all that goes into the organisation of the walk, something the Adeje council is committed to on a permanent basis”.

Last year over 3.400 people took part – a new record for the Walk for Life – with almost €18,000 collected. The funds goes to the Association of women with breast cancer (Amate), the Spanish cancer association (ECC), as well as projects on investigation and research into possible cures.

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Almost €18,000 raised during this year’s Walk for Life




The annual Walk for Life, the ‘pink wave’ that united Adeje and Arona every year, brought over 3,500 onto the street last weekend and raised almost €18,000.

Money is collected via registration, donations, a raffle, and the sale of many related items, counted in the presence of an official notary and all the money raised goes the two Spanish cancer associations, AMATE and AECC, investigation and research into treatment, and the running of The Pink Room, a dedicated space in Adeje.


This year the route was from Compostela Beach, in Arona, to the Magma Arte & Congreso centre in Adeje, just under 4 kilometres, with live music and dancing at both locations. And for the first time there was also a race for life, with over 130 entrants running ahead of the walkers. The winner in the men’s category was Gilberto Mendoza Alvarez in a time of 12.06” and in the women’s category Adrienn Mozes who finished in 15.03”.


Following the runners a ‘gang’ of bikers set off, well decorated with pink ribbons, balloons, wings and teddies, and after them the main body of walkers, led by a steel band. Upon arrival there were refreshments and fruit free for all participants, and a raffle with a terrific range of donated prizes. There were a number of winning tickets unclaimed – more information on the numbers and prizes on the Carrera por la Vida /Walk for Life facebook page.


The organisers extended their thanks to the many public and private bodies who participated and donated to the event.

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Be part of the pink wave!


If you see a pink wave coming your way this Sunday, December 11th, the best thing to do is join in! It’s the annual Walk for Life, which takes place every year to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. This is the 12th year of the event which always walks between the two boroughs of Arona and Adeje, and up to 4,000 are expected to take part.

The walk will leave from Compostela beach at 11am with TV presenter Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca leading as this year’s honorary Marshal. The walk is 3.5 kilometres and will end at the Magma Arte & Congresos centre. Donations and registration monies collected all go towards research into breast cancer treatments and cures as well as support for patients and families via the Spanish Cancer Association, AECC and AMATE, the Association of Women with Breast Cancer.

From 10am on Sunday there will be different performances and events taking place to ‘warm up’ the walkers, so do get there early. There will also be refreshments along the way and a fun reception when the walkers arrive.

Registration and more information is on,

Who will you walk for?



OnSunday December 11th the boroughs of Arona and Adeje come together again to Walk for Life.  The walk is now in its 12th year and works to raise awareness about breast cancer, support those diagnosed and their families through two Spanish associations, and raise funds for research into curing this disease.


The official presentation of the event took place this morning in the Regency Hotel Country Club with founder Brigitte Gypen, the Adeje and Arona health councillors Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Pura Martín Pérez, and television journalist and this year’s honorary walk Marshal, Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca. Brigitte said, “This is a solidarity event which allows us raise awareness of breast cancer from a positive point of view, celebrating life.  We have a few surprises in store for walkers this year – last year there were 3,300 taking part, and we hope to better than this year”.


The councillors referred to “the synergy between the two local councils of Adeje and Arona” as a key part of the success of this event and mentioned other ongoing projects that the Spanish Cancer Association and Amate are involved in with the Walk for Life movement throughout the year. They added that early detection, mammography, early treatment and less cuts to funding for the health service were also vitally important in the battle to reduce deaths from breast cancer.

TV journalist Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca said she was honoured to be the Marshal for the walk this year, adding that journalists had very much a part to play in movements of this kind.

This year the walk will leave from Compostela Beach by the Avenida de la Américas, Arona, and follow the road (3.5km) to the Magma Arte & Congresos centre.  During the walk there will be refreshment stands where people can get a drink or piece of fruit. There is also a run for life planned.  More details on all this and registration details are on .





























Today you, tomorrow me

The personnel from the Hotel Isabel Family, in Costa Adeje, have presented monies raised from a benefit dinner to the Walk for Life organisation and the Spanish Cancer Association

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This week money raised by the personnel from the Hotel Isabel Family, in Costa Adeje, during a hugely successful benefit dinner on July 1st in the Adeje CDTCA, was handed over to the Walk for Life organisation and AECC, the Spanish Cancer Association. The total raised was €4,700, to be divided equally among both organisations.

Present at the handing over of the money were Brigitte Gypen, the Walk for Life founder, María Mercedes de Chávez and Inocencio Fernández del Castillo, from AECC as well as the Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

The organisers of the meal expressed their delight at the success of the event, which saw over 300 people attending the dinner, under the banner The Colours of Life. The title of the meal was to reflect the different kinds of cancer that affect people today but also the importance of living in the face of such adversity. They added that while the idea had come from the hotel personnel, it very quickly grew in popularity as a way of helping others… “We need to go back to the old ways of helping each other, neighbours, friends, the ‘today you, tomorrow me’ idea”, they said. The evening was a great success, with raffle tickets running out before the evening was half way through, so many people were eager to donate and participate.

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The money will be invested in cancer research and treatment. Today cancer is an illness that affects a growing number of people. Councillor Amada Trujillo; “According to the Spanish Medical Oncology Society (SEOM) cancer will affect one in every two persons born, but statistics are also showing us that the percentage of those surviving cancer has tripled in the last 40 years…thanks to, in principal, the new technologies and treatments which are less invasive and more efficient. That’s why it’s vital that we continue to invest, as medical discoveries, treatments and therapies translate directly into improvements in the quality of life for those affected.”

Studies also confirm the importance of early detection, which gives doctors a greater margin for treatment and to prolong the lives of the patients. In Spain the most common cancer affecting women is breast cancer and men is prostate cancer, and among both sexes colorectal cancer. Regarding survival rates, the SEOM says that the best results are being seen in breast cancer survivors as a result of research in recent years and in the increase in screening and early detection.

Walk for Life foundation to be established

This morning at a packed press conference to announce details of this year’s Walk for Life the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julián Mena Pérez, also announced the establishment of a Walk for Life Foundation that would mean a permanent infrastructure behind the event, now in its eleventh year, that has been organised by Brigitte Gypen and other volunteers.

The press conference heard from Brigitte herself, who is a breast cancer survivor, and who started the Walk for Life in Santa Cruz 11 years ago with a handful of supporters and a mission to raise awareness about early detection and intervention. “I felt lucky to have survived and wanted to do something”, she commented. Eight years ago the walk moved to the south of Tenerife and last year over 2,000 people walked and €28,000 was raised. This year “I am hopeful that 3,000 will walk”, she said. She paid tribute to the many women with cancer who walk, and those who find the kind of support and human interaction they need through the people they meet on the walk. She also welcomed the establishment of the foundation, “otherwise I could be facing divorce”, she joked.


José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, mayor of Adeje, said the Walk was very important as it “gives visibility to this cancer, something which affects many people. It also brings solidarity and help, two important factors, in particular here in the South, a tourist zone, a very international zone.” It is also,” he continued, “something that needs to be highlighted much more than just one day a year”. In this regard he had been pleased to see the Pink Room/Sala Rosa open in Adeje earlier this year, a space where cancer sufferers and their families can come to talk, meet, where the associations can stage workshops or invite professionals.


The Arona mayor José Julián Mena Pérez said the Walk for Life, growing in size every year, was also about integration. “This is an event that everyone can take part in and is something that promotes human values and health”. He added that the council were always available to offer the institutional help needed, and having listened to the words of survivors “it is important to emphasise that we are all with you and here to offer the help of this administration”.


Alejandro Martínez, ex-ACB league basketball coach, and the first Walk for Life Grand Marshal has become well known for encouraging support and respect for those with breast cancer within the world of sport. In the past he has encouraged referees to use pink whistles and players to wear pink-framed sunglasses. He thanked Brigitte for inviting him to be the first Grand Marshal of the Walk for Life, adding that unlike sport, in this fight “there are no rivals, and the fight against cancer was something we have to work on every day of the year”. And he repeated a message underlined by Brigitte, that one of the most important messages is that of the importance of auto-examination and early detection in saving lives. “I hope that for the 25th anniversary there won’t just be 3,000 walking, the whole island will be walking”, he concluded.


The Walk for Life will start from the Magma Arte & Congresos centre at 10.30 and will take the coast road, ending up almost 5 kilometres later at the Plaza del Pescador in front of the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre. There will also be a number of stops along the way and a bus for those who might not be able to complete the walk on foot. Entertainment before and after the walk is guaranteed and there will also be a raffle with, says Brigitte, “incredible prizes”. Monies raised go to research and Amate (association of women with breast cancer) and the Spanish Cancer Association, both of who work directly with people affected with cancer and their families. You can take part by turning up on the day (a small donation is appreciated) though organisers do advise turning up before 10am to