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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Philipsburg was transformed into a sea of PINK as the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations annual pink parade for Breast cancer Awareness flowed through the streets on Friday October 4th.

Over 600 participants from various organizations, businesses, association and schools, took part in the Parade. This parade is in recognition of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, those who have survived it and those who are still engaged in the struggle against it.  It is important that these individuals know that the thoughts and prayers of the island is with them while they strive to beat this disease.  The Pink Parade is also designed to raise awareness and encourage persons to get checked, as early detection is the best prevention and it saves lives.

This annual event is organized by the Positive and Elektralyets Foundation. The foundation’s presidents Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals Wyatt requested the cooperation of the community, organizations, NGO’S and schools to wear pink on Friday October 4th, 2019 to further participate in their annual PINK PARADE. Participation of various organizations and businesses took part in the PINK PARADE complete with organizations banners or flags. The participants were very creative as they represented their group, school, organization or business, everybody wore PINK!

The parade started at the University of St. Maarten’s parking lot at 4.30 PM and proceeded along the Walter Nisbeth Road to Frontstreet and back to parking lot.

The Positive and Elektralyets Foundation have teamed up this year and organized a mirage of Breast Cancer Awareness events throughout the entire month of October. As our country continues to rebuild stronger and better it mirrors the challenges that warriors and survivors face every day and on that note we continue to bring the awareness to the community of St. Maarten and beyond, the foundation heads, Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals Wyatt commented.

As St. Maarten recovers, people shy away from thinking about difficult things. We want to remind them that timely action can halt things from being truly difficult.” says Positive Foundation President Shelly Alphonso. “It is our responsibility to be Positive in the fight to save our nation’s women by reminding them to be breast aware and providing them with the opportunities to get checked.

This October, the breast cancer awareness activities includes a balance of education, awareness, fundraising, physical activity and opportunities for women to get a free clinical breast examination. Activities comprised of a Pink Sunset Sail, Pink Parade, Paint It Pink do it yourself workshop, Pink Phit & Phabulous / Walk For the Cure Challenge, Bikers for Boobs Rally, Pandora’s Pink Party, public service announcements on the radio, public and private group information sessions, the distribution of educational literature like shower guides and women’s breast health handbook and many opportunities where women can get a free clinical breast examination offered by our resident health care providers.

Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals-Wyatt are enormously grateful to the business community, supporters and volunteers for their continued support. Our community continues to embrace our October 2019 Breast Aware campaign”, the foundation presidents echoed.

The breast cancer awareness movement launched in 1998 by the Positive Foundation has collaborated with the Elektralyets Foundation for over more than 10 years in the fight to save lives with its early detection messaging.

For more information on other breast cancer awareness events or screening opportunities contact:

Shelly Alphonso at 580 9658 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Elektra at 523-7418 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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