Friday, May 17, 2024

Candles shine bright at annual Cancer Walk


On Monday February 4th, millions of persons around the world held events honoring the people that have battled, lost or triumphed over cancer. To celebrate the day, the San Pedro Cancer Society held their annual lighted candle walk. The walk commenced a little after 6:30PM with a massive crowd gathered at the Central Park. According to Miguel Perez, president of the San Pedro Cancer Society, this was the biggest turn out in the short history of the walk.

Cancer Walk 2013-7With candlelight illuminating the streets of San Pedro, the procession made its way through the main streets accompanied by the Isla Bonita All Star Marching Band. Individuals that have lost their family members and friends to the disease c arry their memories alive, and on that evening, they honored them with a lit flame and printed photos.Even visitors joined the walk as it passed by. It was an amazing sight and a wonderful show of a town’s solidarity and togetherness.

The walk was not done as a fundraiser,yet many businesses gave generous donations to the worthy cause. Every single dollar counts and will be used to assist individuals battling cancer in San Pedro.PresidentPerez was overwhelmed with gratitude at the generosity of those who gave, and pleased with the turnout. “Overall the entire walk was a great success to bring awareness of cancer to the society. There are many myths that surround this illness. The most important aspect to remember is that cancer is not a death sentence and with early detection and proper treatment it can be cured. Cancer can affect anyone but there is hope. Here in San Pedro there are success stories and the San Pedro Cancer Society is willing to give assistance to any one in need. Together anything is possible.”

For more information on the San Pedro Cancer Society and the work that they do or to find out how YOU can assist, Perez may be contacted at 600-2129.

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