The aim was to spread awareness to curtail the spread of breast cancer and ensure its early detection and treatment. The theme for breast cancer awareness month is ‘Breast Self Examination – a step towards surviving cancer’ and ‘early detection is your best as well as breast protection’.
The list of participants included cancer survivors, senior doctors from PGIMER and Government Hospital, Sector 32, Principals and students of various colleges like IQ Institute and schools such as St Kabir, Carmel Convent, Strawberry Fields, St Stephen’s and St Joseph, among others. Teachers from St Johns also participated in the walk. Lt Col Neelam Thakur, along with NCC cadets from Army, Air Force and Navy Wings, Army Generals, veterans and Army wives were among the participants.
Members of NGO’s like Triya – Spend For a Cause, Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club also walked for the cause. SBI Ladies Club, Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association, members of High Court Bar association, CESA- Carmel Ex Students Association, World of Women Architects and aware citizens of the Tricity, participated in the Chandigarh City ‘Pink Walk’.
A doctor’s corner was set up to address public queries. Renu Saigal, president, Sahayta Charitable Welfare Society and a cancer survivor said, “October is a significant month for women living with breast cancer. This month, fondly described as ‘Pink October’ is celebrated all over the world as Breast Cancer awareness month and is a prime opportunity to remind women to be aware for early detection. The pink looped ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol for breast cancer.