10 May 2018
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
RESEARCH shows that in 2012, 14 million people died of cancer worldwide, and in 2030 that number will reach 21 million, Marianas March Against Cancer co-chair Bobby Cruz told Hopwood Middle School students.
“The reality is: cancer affects all of us. So this fight is our fight,” Cruz said during the proclamation signing ceremony for Marianas March Against Cancer Week at Hopwood.
MMAC co-chair Carline Sablan said the number of cancer patients served by the Commonwealth Cancer Association rose from 97 in 2016 to 161 in 2017, a 66 percent increase in just one year.
“These numbers are too high for a small community like ours. Even one is too high,” Sablan said.
“I encourage everyone to take time to reflect on these figures, because cancer is really affecting our community,” she added.
In emphasizing MMAC’s perpetual theme, “One Community, One Journey,” Cruz said working together as one community will one day, hopefully, make the CNMI cancer-free.
On Wednesday, at Hopwood, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog signed a proclamation designating May 6-12 as Marianas March Against Cancer Week.
The MMAC is the signature fundraising event of the Commonwealth Cancer Association.
The annual march celebrates cancer survivors and caregivers, and remembers those lost to the disease. The MMAC also aims to empower individuals and communities to fight back against the disease.
In addition, the event supports CCA’s mission of saving lives and creating a world with fewer cancer cases though early detection and prevention, education, advocacy and life-affirming patient services.
CCA provides patients with items such as medical equipment, mastectomy bras, nutritional supplements, personal care items, and patient navigation to and from treatment and support networks.
In 2017, 18 teams participated in the event. This year, Cruz said the participating teams are Team Bodig, Triple J Saipan/Chacha Oceanview Middle School Lancherus, Ayuda Network Inc./CNMI Government, Team Faiye’, Joeten Eagles, IT&E/Saipan Southern High School, Imperial Pacific International/Marianas High School, Lady Diann Torres Foundation/Northern Marianas College, CNMI Public School System/Saipan Paddling Club, Northern Marianas Islands Football Association, Pacific Islands Club, Talaabwogh StaR, Tan Holdings/Kagman High School, Tribe Marianas, Marianas Health Services, CHADIC, Mariana Resort & Spa/Hopwood Middle School, Mount Carmel Knights, MyPros/Bridge Capital LLC.
The governor urged the community to join the fight against cancer by participating in the MMAC which will be held on Friday evening, May 11, through Saturday morning, May 12, at Hopwood Middle School.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104309-marianas-march-against-cancer-set-for-may-11-12