CIBC FirstCaribbean hosts 5th Walk For The Cure

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Hubert Lawrence Gleaner Writer

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN In­ter­na­tional Bank hosted its fifth an­nual la­p­athon at the Eman­ci­pa­tion Park, Kingston, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30, part­ner­ing with the Ja­maica Can­cer So­ci­ety (JCS) and cus­tomers, spon­sors and the friends of em­ploy­ees of the bank to raise funds in sup­port of the fight against can­cer.

Since 2012, CIBC FirstCaribbean has col­lec­tively raised over US$1m across the re­gion through the an­nual ‘Walk For the Cure’ hosted in part­ner­ship with can­cer so­ci­eties in the 17 is­lands in which the bank op­er­ates.

Ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants at the 2016 ‘Walk For The Cure’ in Ja­maica, the bank’s man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Nigel Hol­ness, noted that the funds raised have been “put to good use sup­port­ing early de­tec­tion, care, rais­ing aware­ness of can­cer and re­search”.

He thanked sur­vivors like Mrs De­bra Reid Gibbs, who spoke at the event, for “help­ing to take the veil off this dis­ease” by shar­ing their sto­ries.

Not­ing that there are still lots of myths and mis­con­cep­tions out there, Hol­ness said “we en­cour­age you to con­tinue to do your part to ed­u­cate and sup­port our fel­low Ja­maicans”, and called on all la­p­athon par­tic­i­pants to go be­yond par­tic­i­pa­tion in ‘Walk For The Cure’ by be­com­ing ad­vo­cates for in­creased aware­ness and in­creased test­ing.

Hol­ness said that those who have al­ready been touched by can­cer, are sup­port­ing some­one in their fight, or lost a loved one, should “hon­our these war­riors by do­ing what we can to pro­tect our­selves and oth­ers.

“Let’s be ag­gres­sive about this and let us keep up the fight against this dreaded dis­ease un­til a cure is found”, he de­clared.

In her re­marks, Mrs Reid Gibbs said that when she was first di­ag­nosed with can­cer, her hus­band said “we are go­ing to con­quer this”. She told par­tic­i­pants at the la­p­athon, “you must be­lieve that the cure is in­side you and you will get over this.”

In thank­ing CIBC FirstCaribbean for their “tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tions in the fight against can­cer”, Yulit Gor­don, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the JCS, said, “We are able to pro­vide ex­panded ser­vices through your gen­eros­ity and we are see­ing the pos­i­tive re­sults. Mrs Gor­don said that as a re­sult of in­creased ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vo­cacy and screen­ing funded by CIBC FirstCaribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank and other spon­sors, the sur­vival rates for can­cer are much higher than 20-30 years ago.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Nigel Hol­ness, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, CIBC FirstCaribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank, leads from the front at the bank’s ‘Walk For The Cure’ at Eman­ci­pa­tion Park on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

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