Marianas March Against Cancer actually happened last month but I guess too many things have been going on for me to blog it — and as I was uploading pictures from my actual camera (Canon Powershot, rather than my iPhone) — I realized I had taken pictures with my camera that day and never shared them.
Marianas March Against Cancer is an annual fundraising event for the Commonwealth Cancer Association and has been wildly successful over the last few years. It is like ‘Relay for Life’ in the States where each team fundraises for this common cause and spends the night remembering and celebrating life and carrying a torch/baton around a track. Here, the event lasts ~12 hours from the night before until the dawn hours of the morning. I went two years ago and ended up staying the whole night — but this time I had work the next morning so stepped out early.
Again, the most traffic that I have ever seen in Saipan showed up at this event. (Okay, it’s possible I just don’t go to crazy well attended events normally since I’d prefer to sit at home on my porch!) But, always such an uplifting thing to see all these people coming out to an event like this. Knowing more about cancer, hearing about cancer, seeing survivors of cancer and current fighters of cancer is important. It’s important for those cancers that can be caught early so people know to get checked. It’s important for those cancers that can be prevented so people can know what they can do to lead healthier lifestyles. It’s especially important to know, see, fight with, and support those whose lives are on the line — to experience and be involved in the lives of people affected by cancer.
So, here goes.. My recap based on the random few snapshots I took.
This year I showed up just as it started. They kick it off with an acknowledgement of the survivors and fighters of cancer.
The survivors then took a lap around the track surrounded by a chorus of cheers. They got to walk with their families. One of my patients was able to come out and enjoy this event, which was such a blessing for me to see.
I spent the rest of the night mostly at this booth but there were plenty of booths around with various carnival games and snacks — all to raise more money for the event. Even when I left around 9:30 there were still people who were just showing up with their families and friends to join in the fun.
Glad I got to participate in part this year again. If you want more information about cancer, visit http://www.cancer.org/ which is run by the American Cancer Society.