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”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje’s stand against breast cancer

 

This morning, just before noon, a large group of Adeje council elected officials, staff and members of the public gathered together on the steps of the Town Hall to mark World Breast Cancer Day. The event was organised by the Adeje councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo in conjunction with the AECC, the Spanish cancer association. Later on this afternoon, at 6.30pm, there is a talk/workshop on oncological physiotherapy in the CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development).

The councillor said she was sending a message of support to all women and men who are currently fighting this cancer, and urged everyone to remember to have annual check-ups. “I want to remind people of the importance of regular check-ups in the prevention of breast cancer. This is a disease that we can fight before it advances, so early detection and prevention are vital”, she said.

The Adeje council offers a range of services to people with breast cancer and their families, and the department of health has been working to improve the integrated services for oncology patients in the borough. There is also an aquatic programme in the prevention of lymphatic obstruction and a free hospital transport service for patients who need treatment, offered in conjunction with the AECC and the Walk for Life foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Pink

 

The Pink Room/Sala Rosa celebrates three years in existence this month.  Inaugurated in October 2015 by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and health councillor Amada Trujllo Bencomo, the Room was born from a need, identified by the Walk for Life foundation, for a space for sufferers of breast cancer and their families.

It offers a place to meet others, for information and help socially and professionally.  The Pink Room, having listened to many women’s issues post-mastectomy, also started the BRA project which now offers every single women here who has had breast removal surgery a custom-made special post-op bra, fabricated from non-abrasive material, fitted, closing in front, etc.

The Pink Room has also run yoga classes, pelvic floor sessions, workshops and talks post-op care, healthy eating, etc.  according to the Walk for Life president Brigitte Gypen.  She and councillor Trujillo Bencomo were in attendance at the 3rd anniversary celebrations alongside many of the users of the Room and their families.

A Swim for Life was held last weekend and the annual Walk for Life takes place in December. The Pink Room is in the Adeje ‘Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia’, in La Nieves with activities every Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm.

 

 

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.

Turn Tenerife Pink!

 

October 19th is International Breast Cancer Day, and this year there is an island-wide campaign to Turn Tenerife Pink.

This morning Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga hosted a press conference with Guido Gianoli, (president, Asociación Benéfica Italo-Canaria ABIC), Santiago del Teide mayor Emilio Navarro, Arona social services councillor, Elena Cabello Moya, Adeje health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Ámate president Marie Carmen Bonfante. Present in the audience were people from cancer associations AECC, and the Walk for Life, CEST, and other participating institutions.

The idea is raise awareness of breast cancer among the general population with an explosion of pink bows all over Tenerife – on trees, buildings, homes and balconies. Almost every borough is now involved in the campaign and the organisers are also hoping that the general public will become involved and wear a pink ribbon or display one on October 19th.

“Early detection and investigation are also an important part of this campaign” said the Adeje mayor. “We all have or have had at least one woman in our lives” he continued, with breast cancer now affecting an increasing number or younger women and men too. The campaign will also encourage people, men and women, to begin regular self-examinations to detect lumps or any changes in their breast zone and facilitate early treatment or medical intervention.

Guido Gianoli, who spearheaded the campaign, says there will be over 15,000 pink ribbons on trees all over the island of Tenerife on the day. “Breast cancer knows no frontiers, colour, race or religion”; he commented. Ámate president Maria del Carmen Bonfante said that she could personally confirm that early detection saves lives. She also thanked Guido, the councils and all those contributing to the campaign for their work and commitment.

The initiative also has the support of many private institutions including the Rotary Club, CaixaBank, CEST, Anima Tenerife, and Vive Tenerife.

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

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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

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Massage for Life

 

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Students from an Adeje massage course recently organised a charity event through the Sports department of the council, raising over €700 for the Walk for Life organisation. The organisation helps families and persons affected by breast cancer as well as donating funds to cancer research.

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The event also featured sack races and acrobatics and about 70 people attended to take advantage of the massages on offer by the students of the course.

Sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera said, “this initiative shows the commitment the people of Adeje have to health and wellbeing”, adding that the town were always ready to help and participate in causes that improved the lives of people in need, and society in general.

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Ferrera congratulated the organisers and students who gave of their time to the event.