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”.
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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.

 

 

Posture and pelvic floor workshop


The Adeje council and the Walk for Life breast cancer foundation are organising a workshop on Posture and Pelvic Floor exercises, with physiotherapist Vanessa Trujillo. The workshop, which is free, will be in the Pink Room in the Adeje Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (School of Security And Social Harmony) on Wednesday June 13th, with a session in English at 5pm and in Spanish at 6pm.
Participants should wear comfortable loose clothes and bring an exercise mat.
Caring for your posture during your day to day activities will help your pelvic health too, allowing your pelvic floor work better, efficiently, with less chance of poor functions such as incontinence or a prolapse.

Adeje’s Bus bonus

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The Cancer Bus now has a regular stop in Adeje

The Adeje council has been working on a series of initiatives that will bear fruit over the coming two months in improving the quality of life of people living in the borough. Workshops, therapies and a series of conferences in relation to food, relaxation techniques, and investigation and research into breast cancer and well as help for sufferers are on the menu.

The programme of events are the result of a number of different partnerships following a meeting with Carlota Cobo Hernández, director of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), Brigitte Gypen, the founder of the Walk for Life movement and the Adeje council department of health and quality of life under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

“We feel it is important to concentrate on developing projects which will directly impact on the population and above all those who are suffering from cancer or eating disorders for instance. These programmes are open to all, and in principal what we are doing is creating an awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle” outlined the councillor.

The statements were made at the latest developments regarding the Cancer bus, bought by fundraising efforts to help cancer patients who need transport for treatment to the hospitals in the north, which now has a stop in Adeje. The councillor added, “This transport is there for Adeje-based cancer patients receiving non-surgical treatments who now have a pick-up point directly from the Adeje health centre.”

There is also a full schedule of events for the Pink Room (in the Adeje School of Security and Co-existence, Las Nieves), the first being a workshop on nutritional education, dealing with issues of anorexia and bulimia. There will also be group therapy sessions under the direction of the AECC in June, dealing with stress, body image, self-esteem, sexuality, communication and family.

In parallel there will be a conference dealing with breast reconstruction, which can be carried out immediately after surgery or months/years later, depending on the preferences of the patient. This conference will be given by a specialist from the University Hospital Candelaria.

Already planned for July is a workshop in relaxation techniques, to help balance mind and body and control anxiety as well as stimulating and reinforcing mental capacities and concentration.

Adeje mayor opens the door to The Pink Room

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Over 120 people attended the event inspired by Brigitte Gypen and the Walk for Life movement

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, yesterday officially opened the door to The Pink Room, a space that is dedicated to offering help and more to those suffering from breast cancer and their families. The Pink Room is on the second floor of the School of Security and Co-existence in Las Nieves in Adeje.
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Addressing the 120 people who turned up for the opening, the mayor said “it’s very important that here in Adeje, in the area in general, we can have a space that can be used as a reference point for those who are engaged in the fight against breast cancer. This is also for those who are in seach of information, and those who maybe need that information, as early detection is vital. We also need to work to erradicate taboos surrounding breast cancer and offer solid information”:

He continued, “this is an ideal place to create a focus point for cooperation among medical professional, therapists, who are volunteering their services…I am inviting everyong to help create a unit that reflects solidarity and mutual help. And the Adeje council will always be here for you. It’s not by chance that we have created this space in the School of Security and Coexistence – this is security on a wider scale, not just policing, but also security of health, help for families, mediation… coexistence is integration”.

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Also present at the event was the Adeje councillor for Health Protection and Quality of Life Amada Trujillo Bencomo, and Brigitte Gypen, the woman behind the Walk for Life movement, who mentioned that the idea for the Pink Room was actually first raised in an interview with English Time on Radio Sur Adeje a few years ago. She said “this service is made possible through those who are working with us in a voluntary capacity, and we will be offering help but also hosting conferences, workshops…a lot more. This message I also want to send today is “we need you because we need people to make this place work”.

The Pink Room was conceived with the clear intention of creating a place to help and increase awareness about breast cancer. People affected, those who are working in the field professionally or on a volunteer basis, can use the room to talk about issues that affect those diagnosed with breast cancer, and also promote the vital importance of early detection as well as working on funding, communication avenues, treatments, research, etc.

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Councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “we have to work to reinforce the importance of prevention and look at how we can help those affected. One in every eight women can become affected but with early detection there is an excellent chance of overcoming the cancer. With this Pink Room we will evolve into a meeting point, a place where people can come together to talk, to offer help and advice, psycological assistance if needed – and we will be working with the health centre to promote prevention”.

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