In honour of Monica Adderley, who is a seven-year cancer survivor, members of the Abaco community participated in the 3rd Annual Monica Adderley Fun Run/Walk event on November 3.
Organized by the Anglican Church Women’s Group of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, the walk/run event took place at 6:30 a.m. that morning from St. John’s Anglican Parish Hall to the Shervin Archer Circle, which is commonly called the airport roundabout.
However, before first-time and seasoned athletes could begin the four-mile route, Rev. Willish Johnson prayed over the gathering. Fifty three people participated.
During the presentation of trophies, Adrian Newbold Jr. reclaimed his crown as the winner. Last year, Newbold Jr. won; he is an eighth grade student of St. Francis de Sales School. Meanwhile, Pastor Silbert Mills placed first in the over 50 male category, and Evelyn Smith was the first female in the under 50 category to cross the finish line.
With the race behind them, participants shared that they had supported the event on behalf of cancer survivors they knew, and in some instances, for those who had lost their fight with cancer.
All in all, they agreed that it was a good cause, and encouraged others to support future events. Participants were also given a free blood pressure and sugar level check-up.
Of course, Ms. Adderley was very pleased. While thanking everyone for their support, she admitted that walking is comfortable for her, so she enjoyed the walk.
Additionally, she acknowledged her family for their great support toward her.
“It was great,” she said. “I have awesome, awesome family. I have some sisters even though they’re far away they know when I need to talk and my phone will go off. I have friends and my church members always there for me – always.
“I don’t care how long it’s been; you get down some days, and you still need that support.”
Remaining positive has been key in her battle against cancer, Ms. Adderley admitted.