Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
Carolyn Graham, president of Reach to Recovery, has expressed concern that the majority of people who die from breast cancer pass away because they cannot afford the fees to treat the disease.
In this regard, Reach to Recovery is staging its 13th Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 26, to raise funds to assist persons who are battling the disease.
"There are many persons who die each year, and a lot of these persons die because they can't access the fees that they need. This walk is an initiative that we can work together on to save lives," Graham said.
"We all have mothers, we all have sisters, we all have aunts, we have many women in our families, and the incidence of breast cancer is very much possible. The women in your life stand a good chance of coming down with breast cancer, so it is a concern to us all," she added.
Karen Henry, a 49-year-old survivor of breast cancer, said it was her near-death experience which inspired her to join Reach to Recovery so she could help others.
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"I was devastated and crushed when I found out that I had breast cancer. It is very emotionally and physically draining. I found out by accident, but I implore others to get tested regularly, because if I had found out later, it would have been more severe," she said.
The Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk will begin at 6:15 a.m. next Saturday at Stadium East in Kingston. Forms may be picked up at Reach to Recovery, c/o Jamaica Cancer Society on Lady Musgrave Road in St Andrew. Entry fees are $1,000 for adults, and $500 for youth (ages 15-18).