Their messages may have been worded on placards, t-shirts and paper tags, but it was their faces that expressed the passion best. The wordings varied, but the core message was consistent, unanimous and resonant; Humans hate cancer! As strong an emotion as hate denotes, it is humbled in comparison to some of its synonyms when used to describe our feelings towards this scourge.
Humans by the thousands gathered at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami to show their support for the fight against the disease by joining the SUSAN G. KOMEN MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE RACE FOR THE CURE. The event held on Saturday 15th October 2016 was the 21st annual hosting and the participation exceeded 10,000 registrants most of whom participated either with, or in celebration of family members and friends. The fun event celebrated a balanced collaboration of anti-cancer fighting spirit, support for survivors and remembrance for the fallen. As large as the gathering was, it seemed unmistakably evident that everyone there took this fight personal. Statistics tell us that “every minute, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer”* With this context it can be understood why this is described as a race; every second on the clock is crucial and lives are the prize. The statistic also sobers us to the fact that with a population of just seven billion humans on planet earth, it is ultimately inescapable that every person who has not yet, will one day share a connection with someone who has been diagnosed with cancer (not just breast cancer) in their lifetime.
A cancer diagnosis conjures unavoidable feelings of despair and destitution. Events like this are crucial for reminding the affected that they do not fight in isolation. The event was contagiously heartening as it successfully demonstrated that despite all the other challenges that our modern world grapples with, cancer is still high on the list of problems we have resolved to defeat. I would personally offer a final compliment to the organizers of the “Race for the Cure” event for focus on priorities; while this was essentially a fund-raising event, it was at no time forgotten that human support and comfort at the individual, family, and organisational levels are just as important in the fight against cancer as the funds are.