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Breast Cancer 5K set for October 28

Kiwanis Club of Providence/Montego Bay targetting 2,000 contestants

BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM
Observer West writer

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Organisers of the Kiwanis Club of Providence/Montego Bay annual Breast Cancer 5K walk/run are targeting 2,000 participants for their eighth staging of the event, set for Sunday, October 28, in Montego Bay.

Last year, the fund-raiser attracted some 1,200 participants, and was able to raise over $400,000 for the Jamaica Cancer Society.

Speaking at the launch of the event at Blue Beat Ultra Lounge in Montego Bay recently, Project coordinator Nadine Spence said the club will be embarking on a drive to achieve this year's target.

Guest speaker at the lauch Dr Debra Williams stressed the importance of “prevention and not to just focus on screening and the use of chemotherapy to treat cancer”. She cited the importance of better diet, exercise and minimising stressors as ways to combat the disease.

Accounting officer for the Jamaica Cancer Society, Michael Leslie, thanked the club for their efforts over the years.

“I want to say thank you for these kind contributions, as what you have been doing over the years is just remarkable. What this has shown is the level of commitment, passion and wanting to make a difference in the lives of Jamaican women, especially those suffering from breast cancer,” Leslie stated.

The 5K walk/run will start at 6:00 am at Fairview in Montego Bay.

Participants are expected to travel to KFC on Howard Cooke Boulevard and back to Fairview.

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