BELIZE CITY, Sat. June 4, 2022
The Belize Cancer Society (BCS), resumed its annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, June 4, with a new Belize City route. This is the first time in the history of the sensitization event that participants marched through the streets of the old capital, since the route is usually from Ladyville to Belize City. Cancer Walk 2022 was held under the theme “Celebrating Life”. On Saturday morning participants started their walk at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on Princess Margaret Drive and took a circuit across the Southside and Northside of Belize City, before returning to the Sports Complex.
This annual event was on pause for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is a major fundraising event for the BCS, which usually sells shirts to participants. The services provided by the BCS include providing access to cancer care information, counseling and support, and the NGO’s advocacy focuses on lobbying for policies and legislation to facilitate affordable, available, effective, and efficient services for citizens.
The Belize Cancer Center in Dangriga works hand in hand with the BCS and now has a satellite location at the Belize City BCS office. According to the president of the Belize Cancer Society, cancer has become one of the leading causes of death in the country.
The mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner, gave the welcome address to kick off the inaugural Belize City route on Saturday morning.