By the time you’re reading this, “Run for Life 2,” the fun-run-and-walk for six seriously ill Baguio residents, would have been over.
The last runner – or walker – would have hit the finish line. Many of the participants would have gone home or to other appointments for the weekend, their thoughts and feelings refreshed by the sense of community that the fun run triggered.
Some may still be at the starting and finish line in front of the Rizal Elementary School, either serving or sipping coffee to go with pandesal, and that feeling of fulfillment for having been part of that collective effort to give hope to six patients struggling for a chance to grow old.
As earlier announced, proceeds from the registration fee pegged at P200 per runner will help prop up fourth grade teacher Elenita Soriano of Rizal who’s battling cancer. It will be for burn victim Geoffrey Alipio Malag of Upper Dagsian, cancer victim Ma. Elena Rimando of T. Alonzo St., car accident victim Tommy Fabro of Engineer’s Hill, cancer patient Jacklyn Onal of Outlook Drive, and patient Rodrigo Santiago of South Sanitary Camp.
The three-category run-and-walk is an encore mounted by the Samahang Barangay Pangkalikasan (SBP), a group of barangay chiefs who are trying to enhance the environmental and humanitarian dimensions of their community service.
Earlier, SBP led by Punong Baranagay Mike Arnaiz of Outlook Drive and Michael Lawana of Upper Dagsian, ran five kilometers for three cancer patients of Outlook Drive.
Run for Life 2 is hosted by Rizal Elementary School headed by principal Brendalee Celino and the school’s parents-teachers-community association, with Azalea Residences, among other groups, as sponsor. It is also supported by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council under City Administrator Carlos Canilao, and the Emergency Medical Service headed by Dr. John Tinoyan.
This group of barangay officials formed a group that would help families of patients to sustain their medication.