The Enrique López Cuenca Stadium offered a touching message of support for Nerja local policeman Cecilio Prados ‘Chilio’ who is battling cancer.
FOR the last 11 years, up to 150 people take part in the XXXVI Christmas Mile of Nerja “XI Memorial Miguel Prados” in memory of ‘Chillo’s’ brother, but this year the officer isn’t racing for the first time due to his illness.
So members of the Municipal Corporation, colleagues from the local police force, representatives from the Spanish Association Against Cancer, athletes, family and friends pledged “today we run for you” to “encourage him in his fight against cancer”.
And they wrote their gesture in giant letters on the stadium pitch prior to the run on Sunday, December 13.
A spokesperson said: “Never in all these years has Chilio missed this Christmas Mile, today we miss him, but we hope that next year we will have him here again.
“From Nerja athletics, we want to send Cecilio this positive message and all our energy to see him recovered as soon as possible ”.
On behalf of the AECC, Bernardo Cortés, said: “Today is a day to remember. Cecilio told me this morning that he is very grateful to the people of Nerja for all the support and strength we are giving him”.
Mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo, reiterated the “feeling of hope and encouragement” adding: “We will have a good local police officer again and, above all, a very good person like Chilio.”
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