More than 350 people are expected to take part in the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run For The Cure Sunday, Oct. 4, at Marshall Field.
The nationwide event is the largest single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for the breast cancer cause.
The annual 1km/5km walk/run would not be possible without the commitment of volunteers who make the event happen in 62 communities across the country.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the start of the run/walk begins at 10 a.m.
The Vernon organizing committee starts as early as April to plan, organize and execute the event in October.
“The CIBC Run for the Cure is an inspiring day where our community comes together to support the breast cancer cause, and those impacted by this disease,” said Diana Lehman, volunteer run co-director.
“On run day, we see this amazing support –whether it’s for a breast cancer survivor, someone going through treatment, or even participating in memory of someone. We are all there to create a future without breast cancer.”
With one in nine Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, the need to continue raising funds for new research in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care to significantly improves lives of women and their families continues.
“Funds raised at the CIBC Run for the Cure allows the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to invest in leading edge research and support education and advocacy programs for the breast cancer community,” said Bernice Scholten, executive director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon region.
There’s still time to participate and get started on fundraising.
“We are encouraging people to get together with friends and coworkers, as there are many different team awards to win,” said Lehman. “There’s the School Team Award or the Corporate Spirit Award. It’s a fun way to get competitive, while helping us realize our vision of creating a future without breast cancer.
“Individuals and teams can register right up to the event, as our registration table opens up at 8:30AM prior to the Run.”
To register or donate, or volunteer your time, visit www.cibcrunforthecure.com for more information.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among Canadian women over the age of 20 and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
In 2015, an estimated 25,000 Canadian women (and 220 Canadian men) will be diagnosed with breast cancer.