Charity Run Gives Hope to Cancer Patients,
Pushes Through Amidst Security Jitters
Amidst security jitters following the Boston Marathon bombing, Run Against Cancer charity run for indigent cancer patients successfully pushed through as planned on April 20, 2013 at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig.
“We had to infuse more friends from the police to protect the public as well as guarantee the safety of our runners,” said Dr. Charity Gorospe, Corridor of Hope’s adviser and St. Luke’s Cancer Institute-BGC’s director.
Running on wheelchair and kiddie strollers, cancer survivors, patients, and their families joined about 3,000 other runners of Corridor of Hope, the Cancer Support Group of St. Luke’s Cancer Institute. The successful charity event was also presented by SKYJET Airlines and supported by the Department of Health (DOH).
In his message, DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag underscored that “RUN AGAINST CANCER is not only a good event to raise funds for the benefit of indigent cancer patients, it is also a good advocacy campaign to raise awareness on cancer and also to promote Filipino healthy lifestyle.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Gorospe inspired cancer patients and their families by encouraging them to patiently go through their healing journey with hope in their hearts.
“Corridor of Hope believes that there is no medicine like hope. Thus, going through the cancer treatment process without losing hope means consciously choosing to side with healing and recovery,” said Dr. Gorospe. “A patient’s positive attitude certainly works well with the management of the disease,” she added.
Aside from Asec Tayag and Dr. Gorospe, the event was also attended by various personalities including DLSU Lady Spiker Michele Gumabao, actress Karylle, Philippine Volcanoes’ Andrew Wolff and Chris Everingham, young generation of talents from ABSCBN’s Star Magic Circle, medical practitioners, corporate partners, other cancer support groups, cancer survivors, cancer patients and their families.
Aside from SKYJET Airlines and DOH, Run Against Cancer was also supported by AHCC Nutrients Philippines, Paramount Life and General Insurance Corporation, Air21, Pocari Sweat, Manila Water, BGC, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Health Today, Moms Today, 702DZAS, 91.5 BIG Radio, 107.5 WIN Radio, 106.7 EnergyFM, Toby’s Sports, ROX, Runningmate, Runners Runner, and Proactive Sport.
The run was organized by events and productions specialist, HUPER International (02.661.64.89 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
photos courtesy of Run Against Cancer and Tong Pascua