Guam – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s going to start with a lot of pink this year for Guam!
Strides for the Cure and Guam Cancer Care are teaming up this year with events underway such as the 12th Annual 2K and 5K Run/Walk, 2nd Annual Get Your Pink On & Join the Fight Wave, and ending it with a health fair.
“We’re joined together. That was the big announcement this year. Strides for the Cure has always been independent and focusing on educating the youth of Guam. This year, we’re teaming up with Cancer Care and we’re becoming one unit to focus on educating the youth to prevent the rise of cancer on Guam,” stated Founder of Strides for the Cure Donna Baker.
So far reaching 1500 students, the two organizations have been targeting the public schools’ 3rd and 4th graders with their “Koko Challenge”, which promotes exercise among the students. Baker explained, “It challenges the children to compete against each other in races, relays, games and different activities while educating them that a healthy lifestyle will deter their chances of getting cancer, diabetes and heart diseases which are the top three killers of people on Guam.”
Terry Cuabo, Executive Director of Guam Cancer Care, stated, “Teaming up with Donna from Strides for the Cure was a response to the fact that majority of our clients are coming in later stages of cancer and that’s why we think Guam has to take a more proactive approach in the fight against cancer.”
They both say that the goal is to take a more proactive approach by changing the mindset of the youth and raising awareness to knock out cancer right before it starts.
Strides for the Cure and Guam Cancer Care upcoming events:
Friday October 4
2nd Annual Get Your Pink On & Join the Fight Wave
Saturday, October 5
12th Annual 2K and 5K Run/Walk
For more information, visit Guam Cancer Care or Strides for the Cure on Facebook.