Health

Big turnout for breast cancer awareness walk

  • Pink posse: these four ladies in splendid pink wigs joined hundreds of Bermudians on the streets of Hamilton last night to raise awareness about breast cancer. The BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk set out at 6pm, travelling north as far as St Johns Road before marching back through the city and down Front Street (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Hundreds of Bermudians took to the streets of Hamilton last night to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Nancy DeSilva, a five-year cancer survivor, said it was amazing to see such a large crowd come out in support of breast cancer awareness.

She said: Its great, just seeing the sea of blue with a little bit of pink is amazing.

Ms DeSilva added that she was happy that patients can receive radiation treatment without going overseas. She said: Im really appreciative of the fact that they have radiation treatment available on the island now, because I had to go away for that.

I think its amazing and great for anybody who has to undergo the same sort of thing.

The BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was scheduled to set out at 6pm, travelling north as far as St Johns Road before marching back through the city and down Front Street.

Sandra Benevides said she has taken part in the walk for several years as a way of remembering her aunt who died of cancer.

She added: Its amazing to see this number of people come out to support the cause. Its packed.

Larry Mussenden, Director of Public Prosecutions, said he and several of his colleagues felt it was important to come out to support those who have fought breast cancer.

Mr Mussenden: Its a really important event, and I think its important for everyone in Bermuda to come out and support it if they can.

I think these sorts of events really show the community spirit of Bermuda. It shows how we can all come together just like we did when we got the supplies for hurricane relief in the Bahamas.

Sharon Smith and Verlina Caines said for them, the event was a great combination of exercise and support for a good cause.

Ms Smith said: We came out to exercise and support the cause of breast cancer awareness. This is my first time.

Ms Caines added: We enjoy walking, and its for a good cause. Its always a good turnout.