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Not less than 3,000 people flocked at the Plaza Independencia before heading to the Fuente Osmeña Circle in support of the ninth run of Moonwalk, an almost decade-long advocacy on breast cancer awareness.

Breast cancer warriors

By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
October 16, 2012

CEBU CITY  –  More or less 3,000 people in pink walked from Plaza Independencia to Fuente Osmeña Circle last Oct. 2 for the 9th Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Moonwalk, which was organized by the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), in partnership with the Cebu City Government through the Task Force Cancer of Cebu City and cancer support groups, is one of the many activities set in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Ronald delos Reyes, program coordinator of RAFI's EJACC, emphasized to the "Moonwalkers" the importance of early screening and early detection of cancer.

"Women should undergo breast self examination at the age of 20 and clinical breast examination at the age of 30 and regular yearly mammography screening for women aged 50 years old and above," he said.

The Cebu Provincial Police Office and Cebu City Police Office, with volunteers from some barangays, provided security and order during the walk.

Led by the Department of Health-Region 7, Perpetual Succour Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, and Visayan Community Hospital supported the event.

Cancer support groups who joined are Task Force Cancer of Cebu City, I CAN SERVE Foundation, Cebu Cancer Fight Inc., Cebu Breast Association, CAN with GOD, Destiny Medical Fund Inc., and Kahayag Network of Cancer Support Group.

There were also representatives from organizations such as Cebu Nurses Association, Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, KALIPI Federation of Women, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Beneficiaries-Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City Daycare Worker Federation, Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente-Community Based, Lihok Pilipina Foundation, and GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Active participation from the academe was made possible by Asian College of Technology, Cebu Doctors University, Cebu Normal University, Cebu Institute of Technology-University, Cebu Velez College, South Western University, St. Paul College, University of Cebu Medical Center, University of San Carlos, University of San Jose Recoletos, University of Southern Philippines, and University of the Visayas.

Residents, who were mostly women, from the the barangays of Sambag I, Sambag II, Calamba, Guadalupe, Pardo, Cogon-Pardo, Quiot-Pardo, Sawang Calero, Mambaling, Inayawan, Labangon, Buhisan, San Nicolas, Ermita, Kalubihan, Apas, Kalunasan, Luz, Kasambagan, Banilad, Mabolo, Cogon Central Ramos, Zapatera, Carreta, Sta. Cruz, Hipodromo, Kamputhaw, and Talamban came in throngs.

The event's sponsors were Destiny Medical Fund, DOH 7, She Matters, Goldilocks, Monde Nissin, Hi-Presicion, Alcordo Advertising, and Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente.

During the closing program, Destiny Medical Fund was recognized as Pinkiest Group; Cebu City Daycare Worker Federation, as Liveliest Group; and Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries - Lapu-lapu City, as Best Breast Chant.

These winning groups get to choose a community of their choice where EJACC will conduct free breast and cervical cancer screenings.

Moonwalk is an advocacy that aims to promote a collective effort in fighting breast cancer through a massive awareness campaign focused on the early screening and detection of breast cancer, such as observing monthly breast self-examination for women aged 20 years old and above.

For more information on Moonwalk and EJACC and its services, please contact 254-6351 and look for Gina Mariquit, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.oph.