Sporting fuchsia feather boas, rose runners and numerous other pink accessories, an army of women, men, children and dogs took great strides towards a cure Sunday.
More than 350 participants in Vernon joined together at the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure to help create a future without breast cancer by raising $46,420 and contributing to the regional total of $3.168 million at all nine run sites across B.C.
“Today thousands of Canadians joined together to inspire hope by participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure,” said Wendy Slavin, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon Region. “Whether walking or running, volunteering or donating, these individuals united to form a community of support. And this support is bringing us one step closer to our vision of creating a future without breast cancer.”
While each person involved is worthy of recognition, some special awards were handed out to some of the top fundraisers.
Tara Limb earned the determination award as the top individual fundraiser, raising $1,215.
The 17 members of Team Kal Tire collectively raised $2,715, earning them the Corporate Spirit Team Challenge Award.
Meanwhile the Women’s Team Challenge Award goes to the Swan Lake Sweethearts, who raised $1,285.
With just four team members, the Save A Rack team raised $1,665, earning them the Friends and Family Team Challenge Award.
The fundraising efforts and support of 127,000 participants and volunteers in 65 communities across Canada raised over $25 million, to be used toward reducing the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer and helping support the breast cancer community.
“On behalf of Team CIBC, our thanks to all of the participants, the donors, and especially to the volunteers who make this event possible,” said Christina Kramer, Executive Vice-President, CIBC and CIBC’s Executive Run Sponsor. “Each year we are inspired by the thousands of dedicated Canadians who come together to help create a future without breast cancer.”
Teams are reminded that fundraising continues until Oct. 31. Those interested in supporting a future without breast cancer can do so at CIBC, in person to any of the registered participants or online at www.runforthecure.com
Visit the Vernon Morning Star Facebook page for more photos from the event.