The annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure takes place Sunday at Clarence Fulton Secondary

The annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure takes place Sunday at Clarence Fulton Secondary

Event promotes breast cancer cure

CIBC Run for the Cure goes Sunday at Fulton Secondary

Canadians across the country will soon be grabbing their runners, glamming up in pink and writing messages of ‘who they are running for?’ at the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday.

Vernon joins 58 communities across the country for this inspiring event that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research, education and awareness programs.

Before the event gets underway, local fundraising efforts are taking place throughout the community.

Nixon Wenger Lawyers hosts its annual fundraising barbecue for the cure event Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at #301 – 2706 30th Ave.

Patrons of Crush Bistro, Margherita Cafe, the Eclectic Med and Italian Kitchen can also support the cause through the Tickled Pink Desserts campaign. Each of the restaurants has added a special dessert to their menu, with partial proceeds from each dessert sold until Oct. 14 being donated to CBCF.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day, volunteer-led national event in Canada in support of breast cancer.

This year, the Run for the Cure in Vernon will take place at Clarence Fulton Secondary with opening ceremonies starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

A group of dedicated volunteers have spent over 1,500 hours of their time preparing for a memorable run day for Vernon residents.

For the volunteer directors, Monica Tiggelaar and Lindsay Smith, they hope to see the momentum of fundraising in the community continue as run day approaches

“It is not too late for people to participate and fundraise for the event on Sept. 30,” said Lindsay Smith, one of the volunteer run directors.  “Every person that comes out on run day is helping increase awareness and funds for the cause.”

Last year, more than 600 walkers and runners participated in the one-kilometre or five-kilometre event helping raise over $78,000 in Vernon alone (contributing to a provincial fundraising total of $4.76 million).

All of the proceeds raised at the CIBC Run for the Cure will remain in B.C.

Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer diagnosed in Canadian women.

One in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2012, an estimated 22,700 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 5,100 will die from it.

Visit www.cbcf.org to participate, donate or volunteer.