MIAMI — Celebrating their eighth year of participation, a group comprising members of Caribbean businesses and organizations, known as D’Limers, will join thousands of people for the Annual Komen Race for the Cure slated for Saturday, Oct. 15, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
In an effort to raise awareness of the need for early breast cancer detection within the Caribbean-American community, the D’Limers team will incorporate the flavor of Caribbean music, food and culture in its participation.
After the race and walk, participants will be able to enjoy a full Caribbean breakfast and listen to Caribbean music at the host tent.
This year, the Susan G. Komen Foundation will celebrate the 26th anniversary of its Race for the Cure, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world with well over one million participants since 2005. The event raises funds for and awareness of the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors the memory those who have died from the disease.
The D’Limers team will include businesses and organizations such as Bilmor Advertising with Specialties, the law firm of delancyhill, Circle of One Marketing, Foxx Creations Entertainment, Social Esquire, Invizio, Jewel Miami's OASIS Cooler Fete, Six Axis Entertainment, South Florida Caribbean News (SFLCN.com), Tammy Lynn's Aromatherapy, Tropical Smoothie at Deerwood Center, Visionz Marketing, Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant, Hayden’s Saturday Night Mas, Florida Caribbean Students Association and alumni and the consulates of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
“Each year, we raise the volume within our disproportionately impacted Caribbean and African-American communities. We are making an impact – one woman and family at a time,” Marlon Hill, partner with delancyhill, and husband to breast cancer survivor Carla Hill, said in a statement.
Irvine Headley, owner of Bilmor with Advertising Specialties, said his company is proud to participate in “this important effort to the health and quality of life of our community.”
The D’Limers say they will welcome other community organizations and businesses to join the team. All participating women are encouraged to retain and wear their colorful headpieces from Miami Broward One Carnival or from other carnivals on the day of the Walk.
Giselle Blanche, bandleader of D’Wassi Ones, said the group’s masquerade or “mas” band in this year’s Miami Broward One Carnival will include a section dedicated to breast cancer awareness. The carnival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
“This issue is near and dear to my heart and many of the women in my family. We look forward to bringing the energy of our culture for such a good cause,” Blanche said.
To register with the D’Limers team, visit http://tinyurl.com/3br4maw, and to RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your individual t-shirt size. For more information about the D’Limers team, call Suzette Ottey at 786-777-0184.
For more information about the Susan G. Komen Foundation, visit komenmiaftl.org
Photo: Marlon Hill