CALEXICO – Clad in pink, members from all across the community gathered in front of the Mexican Consulate Office in Calexico on October 26 to celebrate the Sixth Annual Lazo Rosa (Pink Ribbon) Breast Cancer awareness walk.
With banners in hand, local health agencies such as Domestic Workers Union, Calexico Community Center Representatives, Cancer Resource Center of the Desert, Imperial County Behavioral health Services, Pioneers Memorial Health care Center, Sure Help Line Crisis Center, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, American Cancer Society, Imperial Valley Cancer Resource Center, and the Lions Club participated in the event.
Led by the Calexico High School Marching band, the procession headed down to the border fence east of Heber and First St. where the participants met with another group of supporter who were congregating at the same spot but on the Mexican side.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be here with you all this morning to mark this march that has been forged by some of the most committed people who are conscious of the fight against breast cancer,” announced Mexican Consulate in Calexico Carlos Flores Vizcarra.
During the march, Consulate Vizcarra carried half of a 20 foot pink ribbon along the way. Once the group reached the designated area of the border fence, Vizcarra held up his half of the pink ribbon and rested it perpendicular to the fence. Simultaneously, the Mexican Nationals repeated with their half to bind a completed ribbon at the border fence.
“Today we will symbolically join half of this Lazo Rosa with the other half on the Mexican side because the battle against breast cancer is something that affects us all,” informed Vizcarra. “Not only do the patients suffer, but the surrounding and distant loved ones are impacted as well. Since we’ve initiated this march six years ago, the Imperial and Mexicalli Valleys are more conscious, more prepared, and more equipped to fight against this terrible disease.