Hope Society set to kick-off Cancer Awareness Month this weekend

Oswald Ellis and Pamela Whylly Ferguson.

Love, support and generosity are three important factors one needs when life throws an unexpected curveball and the Grand Bahama Hope Society led by president Pamela Whylly-Ferguson is working diligently to provide that significant trio for those combating cancer.

Annually, May is recognized as Cancer Awareness Month and the Hope Society has a cadre of activities planned, inclusive of the Second Annual Cancer Support Fun, Run/Walk and Grill Out for the Cure, which will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12.

According to Whylly-Ferguson, “The entire Grand Bahama community is encouraged to show their love, support and generosity to those battling cancer by participating in the Hope Society’s Second Annual Cancer Support Fun, Run/Walk and Grill Out for the Cure this weekend.

“Everyone knows the impact a cancer diagnosis of any kind can have on a loved one and their family, hence we wanted to kick-off Cancer Awareness Month with a fun, run/walk and grill out, which will take place at Taino Beach.

“Registration for the event begins promptly at 6:00 a.m. at a minimal cost, which includes a free T-shirt, fruit and water.

“All walkers, joggers, runners, fitness fanatics and those from all gyms and track clubs throughout the Grand Bahama community are invited to attend, as well as those who simply seek to support the cause in honor of a cancer survivor, one recently diagnosed and combating the disease as well as in memory of a precious angel who would have lost their fight.

“We are encouraging all participants and supporters to wear the color that represents the cancer type a friend or family member may have been diagnosed with, as we want to highlight each one. Whether it is white for lung cancer, grey for brain cancer, pink for breast cancer, emerald green for liver cancer, lime green for lymphoma, light blue/sea blue for prostate cancer, periwinkle blue for stomach cancer, yellow for bone cancer, orange for leukemia or dark blue for colon cancer; the GB Hope Society is looking forward to a spectrum of colors to take to the street and hit the beach in support of the cure.

“All funds raised will assist in defraying the cost associated with providing aid to those who seek out the GB Hope Society for help with their treatment, travel to New Providence for medical care at the Cancer Care Center, hosting free Public Health Screenings, educational paraphernalia and the ongoing repairs of our headquarters on Beachway Drive adjacent to the LIONS’ Club and the Captain’s Charthouse, which was graciously donated to us by the Darling family.”

Also encouraging all to come out and demonstrate their support of the event was Oswald Ellis, GB Hope Society Executive Member, who noted that daily the organization does its best with the assistance of generous sponsors, donors and supporters to help persons affected by cancer no matter the type.

Acknowledging the fact that there are several other non-profit cancer organizations and support groups throughout the community, Ellis said, “The GB Hope Society is just another organization that seeks to help those in need and lighten the load on other such groups like the Cancer Society of Grand Bahama, the Cancer Association, Us TOO Prostate Cancer Men’s Support Group and Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.

“We know that there is no one organization that can sufficiently take care of all the needs of persons living with cancer in the Grand Bahama community hence we want everyone to understand that it is not our desire to be in competition with any such organization but instead offer our support and assistance as best we can.

“The GB Hope Society serves as another support alternative for those in need of assistance in their fight against cancer no matter the type they may be challenged by.

“Indeed we are truly grateful for the support of the community and the upcoming Second Annual Cancer Support Fun, Run/Walk and Grill Out for the Cure is just one of several fund-raising initiatives planned to help us with our efforts to continue to assist the community and provide hope.

“Again we are asking the entire Grand Bahama community to support the event and others to be announced as the time passes, particularly corporate Grand Bahama; other activities to be held is a Cancer Health Fair and Screening, Cancer Education Forums and the Hope Society Annual Hope Gala Ball in October that will be sponsored by Aliv LTE Network.

“Now, the Second Annual Cancer Support Fun, Run/Walk and Grill Out for the Cure had originally be scheduled for Saturday, May 5 but due to unforeseen circumstances it had to be pushed back to Saturday, May 12, however, all grill-out tickets will be honored.

“Thank you to all and we look forward to the support of one and all.”

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