Belgium: At least 1,700 individuals ran through the streets of Brussels as well as La Louvière on Sunday as part of the “Race for the Cure,” an event for raising funds on behalf of breast cancer research and charities. Every year in Belgium, breast cancer affects 11,000 women.
Patients, survivors, as well as well-wishers took part in the event to raise money for the charity.
In spite of the poor weather conditions, runners took to the streets dressed in pink to support the fight against the disease.
Sylvie shared the information, “We are here to support the fight against breast cancer, research to find solutions, treatments.”
The main course of the funding run is ten kilometres long, but a 3 km walking route is also set up for those who are less athletic.
The representation for the organiser Think Pink, Tiffany Bulteau, highlighted, “3 km may not seem like much, but for people undergoing treatment, seeing them cross the finish line is always a moment which is very emotionally charged and gives us goosebumps.”
Some of the cancer patients are even running the route accompanied by their physiotherapists. One physio stated, “We see the evolution of each of our patients too. They start at the bottom and end up in a 10km race next year.”
Others attend just for support, as well as others in memory of those who sadly can no longer attend.
Along with this, organised in collaboration with the annual Brussels Marathon, the organisers claim that Race for the Cure is the biggest breast cancer awareness sporting event in Europe.
Furthermore, Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer on earth and will affect 1 in 8 Belgian women in their lifetime.