Tuesday, 04 October 2016 13:09

Crowds Walk For The Cure To Fight Prostate Cancer

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Port of Spain, Trinidad, October 4, 2016 – On Sunday October 2nd, hundreds of participants lined the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, to join the CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure 2016, an event which raised thousands of dollars for prostate cancer care in Trinidad and Tobago. The annual event is an initiative of the regional bank, which aims to raise USD$500,000 this year to aid cancer treatment across the region.

The Queen’s Park Savannah was abuzz with energy for the 5th edition of the local Walk for the Cure as host Jason Williams excited the crowd, urging them to put their best foot forward. With prostate cancer being a leading cause of cancer mortality in Trinidad and Tobago, many participants indicated that the cause was a personal one.

Walk for the Cure spokesperson Roy Cape was heartened to see the strong turnout and outpouring of support for prostate cancer patients. “It is really great to see that so many people have come out to show their concern for an issue which affects our society in a very serious way,” he said.

“As a prostate cancer survivor myself, I am happy to see this support and hope that we can continue building on it to ensure that no one has to suffer in silence any longer. We must get the message out, and get the men in our society aware that by not participating in screening and other preventative measures, they are really putting their lives at risk. I’m glad that Walk for the Cure shines a light on this issue and hopefully spurs people to make a positive change.”

CIBC FirstCaribbean has partnered with Vitas House Hospice in Trinidad and Tobago to direct funds raised to prostate cancer patients. “We plan to channel the support from CIBC FirstCaribbean to the Prostate Clinic at the T&T Cancer Society, and we will ensure that all costs for the tests during the relative period will be underwritten by Vitas House Hospice,” said Mrs. Lilia Mootoo, General Manager of Vitas House. “On behalf of Vitas House, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to CIBC FirstCaribbean for their continued support.”

After the conclusion of the walk, participants kept their energy going with a “Burn for the Cause”, a fitness workout which saw hundreds of still pumped-up walkers joining in.

Anthony Seeraj, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s local operation, praised the spirit of participants and emphasised the significance of the event. “I really applaud the tremendous spirit and commitment to this important cause shown by our participants today,” he remarked. “Your efforts are truly making a difference. I am also very appreciative of Dr. Roy Cape, all of our sponsors and everyone who has worked so hard to ensure that this event makes a profound impact. I am proud that this year CIBC FirstCaribbean has taken a leading role in the fight against prostate cancer, and look forward to making continued advancements for the health and wellness of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

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