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cancer_walkThe Orange Walk Cancer Support group is one of the biggest non-profit organizations in the community, assisting persons with cancer by providing them with access to medication and, perhaps just as important, offering support. Every year the group organizes a walk-a-ton and participants come out to show support for cancer patients and support in the fight against cancer. On Saturday the annual walk kicked off early in the morning and out news team was there.

Yari Catzim – Reporting

Persons of all ages and from different organizations in Orange Walk Town gathered in front of the San Martin Gas Station at six on Saturday morning for the annual cancer walk.

The large crowd took over the main streets of town, passing through Otro Benque, to Queen Victoria Avenue, down Cinderella Street, Fonseca Street, Guadalupe Street, San Antonio Road and culminating at the Central Park.

According to the president of the Orange Walk Cancer Support Group Badra Coleman, this year at least 700 persons participated.

Badra Coleman- President Orange Walk Cancer Support Group

“We are very, very, very happy Yari. A lot of people came out, they came out to show their support to those who are fighting cancer and to those who have already taken.

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Did you see the crowd bigger than last year?”

“Yes, definitely! We made out 752 ribbons and we are out of ribbons, so I think definitely we passed that number.”

Different organizations such as the Belize Bank, Santiago Castillo Limited, Bishop Martin, Muffles College, the BDF, and Trial Farm Government School each brought their own crowd as prizes were handed over to the organization with the most participants.

Muffles College topped this year with over 60 students coming out for the cause, and Santiago Castillo Limited was the business with the most employees.

After the walk families of cancer patients were granted the opportunity to raise funds.

Badra Coleman- President Orange Walk Cancer Support Group

“ We have families of those who have someone fighting cancer, they are out here doing their own fund raising and we have a pastry stall the BFLA will be here also giving out information.”

If you would like to help the Orange Walk Cancer Support Group you can get in contact with Badra Coleman at 605-8633.

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