Heel races against breast cancer Friday evening

POSTED: 10/27/11 12:28 PM

St. Maarten – The Positive Foundation and the Elektralytes Foundation hosts the first ever High Heel Race against breast cancer this Friday between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on the Boardwalk in front of the Holland House Beach Hotel. Participants will race between designated areas in their stilettos.
“While this is the first time that such an event is being held on St. Maarten, it is one which has been held in many other countries before with much success. It’s really about having fun and raising awareness at the same time. We’re hoping people come out and at least try one or two races in their stilettos, but if not we still want them to come out and enjoy themselves in a social setting while getting information about how to protect themselves against breast cancer,” President of the Elektralyte Foundation and local radio personality Mercedes “Elektra” Wyatt stated.

The winners of the races will receive a card of several thousand miles donated by Fun Miles.
There will no demonstrations of self breast examinations at the event but people will be able to pick up reading material on breast cancer and how to prevent death due to the illness.
“I feel like I have spent a considerable part of the month saying that early detection is the breast protection, but then I feel like I cannot say it enough. The truth is there is no way to determine beforehand who will get breast cancer. We know people who have a family history may be more susceptible, but even those who do not have family histories are at risk and because of this our message is very clear: women need to do the monthly breast self exam, they also need to get an annual medical screening and finally when they are at the appropriate age they need to get regular mammograms,” President of the Positive Foundation Shelly Alphonso said.

Women should schedule their breast self exams around the same time every month, usually directly after their menstruations, when breasts are not sensitive. Women who are just starting with daily checks should do them in the morning so they can get a better sense of what their breasts feel like and can recognize any changes.
“This year we really wanted to get back to the basics, get back to getting the word out there about why these methods are important and why they save lives and think we are managing to do so quite nicely with the help of Elektra and the fun activities which brings new audiences from all different walks of life. This latest event is no different,” Alphonso said.

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