Racing together to extend help in the fight against breast cancer, the MHAM future doctors spent their Sunday with a sporty yet worthy cause on the occasion of the recently storied Pink October Run movement last October 7, 2018 at the Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu.
The MHAM mavens-to-be, who aspire to be empowered young men and women of today and goal-persevering doctors of tomorrow, were among the supportive runners in this year’s fun run to empower breast cancer survivors in Metro Cebu.
Staging on its 12th fruitful edition, the Pink October Run was spearheaded by the Philippine College of Surgeons Cebu Central-Eastern Visayas Chapter where MHAM Department of Surgery faculty, Dr. Ted Marcerey Gallo who was also present during the event, is an active member.
A nationwide advocacy with an increased number of participants in Cebu City, the fun run has been actively supported by the Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente-Ayala Center Cebu and I Can Serve Foundation wherein breast cancer survivor-beneficiaries, medical doctors and new faces fitness enthusiasts are passionately taking part in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
An annual race with three featured categories, namely; 3k, 6k and 12k, the Pink October Run was also split on men’s, women’s and doctors’ division where every racer is pegged with Php500 for registration fee.
Unlike other endurance run where monetary reward is enticed, the Pink October Run is one of the few races that do not bestow cash prizes to top performing racers. Instead, aside from improving one’s cardiovascular fitness and health benefits in general, the fun run is indeed a generating benefit not only for the participants year after year but to all survivor-beneficiaries with all the effort from supportive citizens who help raise breast cancer awareness in the society.
Meanwhile wearing a smile with symbolic pink medal at the finishing line was Nikki Nina Arabe Barcinas, a future doctor who actively participated the event in the midst of a grinding week due to round-the-clock examinations. A lover of the color of universal love of oneself and of others, Nikki, who is now in her third challenging year in medschool, was a cum laude graduate of BS in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Santo Tomas-Manila.
Bracing for the 3k category in a sweat-inducing activity, 24-year old Nikki pointed out that the incidence of breast cancer is rising in the Philippines and the community should be aware of the tremendous importance of breast screenings in detecting breast cancer as early as possible to increase the chances of successfully managing and treating the disease, which can ultimately save lives.
“Joining the Pink October Run unites MHAM future doctors to help the community by promoting breast cancer awareness. As a future doctor, I can help spread awareness by sharing my medical knowledge and promoting early screening of breast cancer to friends, family, peers, and the community. I can join and volunteer in outreach programs and awareness campaigns, as well as treating breast cancer patients in my internship next year and supporting their families. I could also harness the power of social media as a tool to raise awareness of breast cancer. The MHAM team greatly contributed to the community, not just financially by raising funds, but also by raising awareness and uniting the community, from students to cancer survivors and families running for their loved ones, to a fun and successful event”, Nikki said.
Looking forward to continue to participate next year either for the 6k or 12k category, this beauty and brain fitness enthusiast of batch Resiliere added that she also joined the race last year and graciously cited that both were great experiences.
A prominent symbol for breast cancer awareness in the month of October, the pink ribbon movement is celebrated with love and passion through education and support services through simultaneous campaigns in many countries around the globe. “This year, my passion to the cause made it more significant. I have gained more knowledge about breast cancer in my third year classes and I was more involved and active for the cause. I think the color choice of pink is rooted in its stereotypical identification with feminine attributes. The color pink is uniquely feminine in our society today, and often represents a person full of health and vibrancy. It seems to be an indicator for renewed health and survival. It symbolizes hope, faith, and courage”, she concluded.
With all the global effort to spread the word for a life-saving cause, today, various organizations extended their mission in propagating consciousness among women to help reduce the stigma about the disease including early signs and detection associated with breast cancer, among others.
This year, there were more or less one hundred twenty-five MHAM future doctors who went pink for a day from different year levels, bringing the message of hope to patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Racing together as one community where mutual valuing, sharing and cooperating are passionately strengthened in every endeavor that they have contributed to the community, the MHAM future mavens of the field who took part of the pink race are hopeful to join the same campaign by next year because true love, as they want to resound, has a habit of coming back. (Ana Liza Abao)