Run for the Cure on track

One single day. One event in 65 communities across the country, including Vernon

One single day. One event in 65 communities across the country, including Vernon.

On Oct. 5, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will be hosting its annual fundraising event – the largest single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to the breast cancer cause.

In Vernon, more than 300 people will be participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure at Marshall Fields (new location for this year).

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the start of the run/walk begins at 10:00 am.

The annual 1-km/5-km walk or run would not be possible without the commitment of volunteers who make the event happen in communities across the country.

The Vernon Run Committee has been working together since as early as April to plan, organize and execute the event.

Diana Lehman, who has been leading the committee alongside Lindsay Smith, is excited for Oct. 5.

After months of planning the logistical elements, promoting the event throughout the community, as well as helping local fundraisers achieve their goals, they are looking forward to it all coming together on run day.

“Some of the most inspiring moments happen on run day as you see people of both genders, all ages, and cultures support one another,” said Lehman.

“Whether someone is participating as a survivor or running for a friend or family member, we are all there to create that future without breast cancer.”

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation uses the funds raised to forward its mission of granting relevant research to B.C. scientists and to support the breast cancer community through education and advocacy programs.

Funds raised at the nine run sites in B.C. stay in the province to support local initiatives.

There’s still time to participate and get started on fundraising.  To register or donate, or volunteer your time, visit www.cibcrunforthecure.com for more information.

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. An estimated 24,400 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 5,100 will die from it.