“There can be life after breast cancer the prerequisite is early detection” – Ann Jillian
Think-Pink is the Belgian national breast cancer campaign and aims to improve the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. They focus on several different points, going from providing information and creating awareness to funding research and care.
Every year they organize a race for the cure in 3 different cities: Brussels, Namur and Antwerp.
You can sign up in advance and print out your ticket (which costs 12EU) or sign up on the day itself (which costs 15EU) at the location of the race. You get a white T-shirt if you are supporting breast cancer and a Pink T-shirt if you are a breast cancer patient/survivor.
The one in Antwerp is always in September and near to the pier. This year was the 10th anniversary of this event, so it was extra special and, with 8.017 participants, the most ever (Yeaaaahhhh!!)! The race took place on Sunday 24/09 and for the 6th year in a row, my sister and I participated.
The whole place was filled with tents of different non-profits breast cancer organizations. A lot of them where providing information, selling cakes or pink-ribbon items to gather money.
There was this big stage where Ellen Petri (Miss Belgium 2004) was presenting a few organizations and where there was a live warm-up Zumba session. Next to the stage was this enormous pink air balloon that said ‘Think Pink’. They had different area’s like a jumping castle for the kids, a bar with pink champagne, an on-the-spot hair salon so you could donate your hair to make wigs and a specific area for breast cancer patients/survivors where they could get a massage, talk to each other about their journey or get advice on a wig.
As my sister and I went with her 2 little children, we decided to do the 3KM walk, but you can also do a 6KM run. First up were the children for the kids race, after that the runners were up for their 6KM run. At 11h30, as the last group, were the walkers. The countdown began and as soon as we said 0, everyone started walking. It took us about 45min as this was on a slow pace since we were a large group of people with a lot of little kids and strollers.
I want to leave a message to all of the people who suffer from, have suffered from or know someone with this disease: You are strong and will overcome this. We believe in you and keep you in our prayers always ❤
Remember to check your breasts every now and then and remember the key is early detection.
More information can be found on: http://www.think-pink.be/en