St. John’s, Antigua August 9, 2018– This year’s CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, will pay tribute to a colleague who passed away late last year after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Walk Coordinator, Mrs. Julia Joseph says that the organizing committee felt that it was fitting to recognize and celebrate the memory of their colleague Kathleen Parker who passed away in November last year.
“Kathleen Parker was a member of our staff for over 19 years. Seven years ago when the bank launched its Annual Walk for the Cure, she became our Walk Champion and was one of the persons who carried the banner during the Walk. Whether she was in pain or not, she was there.”
Mrs. Joseph added that the glow parade which forms part of the Walk will be named “The Kathleen Parker Glow Edition”.
“At the same time that we are honouring and remembering Kathleen, we are also putting a face to cancer and personalizing the event. It is a reminder that almost everyone has been touched in some way by this terrible disease. Each of us has a family member, friend, neighbor or work colleague whose life has been changed or affected in some way by cancer.”
The Walk for the Cure will be held this year on Saturday, October 6th, starting at 4:30 pm.
Last year’s Walk for the Cure held on Saturday 28th October, 2017, was described as the biggest ever in Antigua and raised EC$47,500. These funds were donated to the Breast Friends Organisation and the Oncology Department of the Mount St. John Medical Centre in support of their continuing work with cancer.
All of the funds raised go to providing assistance, care and counselling to cancer patients and their families as well as to raise awareness through education campaigns. The funds also help the various organisations to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. The Breast Friends Organisation and the Oncology Department of the Mount St. John Medical Centre will once again benefit from funds raised.