Race for Life forms pink tide for cancer campaign
A pink tide formed by more than 4,500 people travelled through the municipalities of Arona and Adeje on Sunday to make visible, for yet another year, the fight against breast cancer.
The Race for Life has become the main initiative of this kind in the whole of the island and for 2017, attracted a record entry.
Organised by both local councils and the Carrera por la Vida Foundation, with the collaboration of the Cabildo de Tenerife and different private sponsors, the objective of this event is to raise funds for research projects and the main organisations that fight against breast cancer. This year the amount obtained was 20,000 euros, according to the data certified by the organisation before a notary.
The XIII edition of the race was backed by the Paralympic athlete Gema Hassen-Bey. Those present included the president of the Foundation, Brigitte Gypen, the Mayors of Arona, José Julián Mena, and Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, who joined in with the participants.
The charity event began around 11am, departing from Siam Mall in Costa Adeje where thousands of people dressed in the official pink T-shirt. A bus allowed people with reduced mobility to participate in the race.
The president of the Carrera por la Vida Foundation high-lighted, after the celebration of a new edition, that “we have 20,000 more reasons to repeat this event next year with more strength and adding more people.”
The mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, stressed the importance of this race to “make visible the fight against breast cancer, since there are many families of Arona and the entire south that fight against this disease. He stressed the need to “prevent and take the necessary tests for an early diagnosis, which is essential for a positive evolution of the disease. “
Sr. Mena said it also served to stress the urgency for patients with cancer in the entire region to be treated once in the Hospital del Sur, which still has no oncological services.
“This is essential so that they can receive treatment near their homes, ” he said, stressing that ” the battle for life is not limited to one day a year.”
The Mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said Race for Life is “a very special day for us, becoming a solidary meeting in which we ask for improvements for prevention and the treatment of breast cancer. ” He underlined the “international dimension of this event, which makes this problem visible in a special time like Christ-mas.”