While battling his own cancer, Trevor Stocks wasn’t able to physically run in the CIBC Run for the Cure. But he still came out, proudly donning pink and cheering on his three breast-cancer surviving sisters, as well as both his parents.
“He always came and sat through the whole thing and supported us,” said Sue Gilowski, who just finished her final surgery after her diagnosis in December 2011.
This year, Stocks will still be cheering his family on Sunday at Marshall Field, just from a different seat.
“Our No. 1 fan, my brother, passed away in June,” said Gilowski, as lung cancer took Stocks, but not after a battle which he conquered years longer than doctors expected.
Therefore Gilowski’s team, Run for Mom (her mom is not well enough to come out this year), will proudly be running for Stocks and carrying a special banner in his memory.
Even her one sister, who is miles away, has gathered a group of women to do their own Run for the Cure in Palm Springs.
In Vernon, the 23rd annual event in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, has moved down the road to Marshall Field. The event, which includes a lively warm-up, survivors walk and prizes, gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with final registrations and donation drop-offs at 8:30 a.m.
As a survivor who has watched both her parents and sisters battle the disease, and now lost her brother to the “nasty C disease,” Gilowski says the key is being active and positive – when you can.
“I felt like I needed to be out and needed to be seen by people,” said the mother and grandmother, who would do laps at Kal Tire Place (Wesbild Centre), whenever she was feeling well enough after treatments. “I wanted to be active, I couldn’t just sit still.”
But she is concerned about the number of women who aren’t doing more to help catch the disease early.
“Thirty-three per cent of women do not do self-checkups,” said Gilowski, who urges women of all ages to learn how to and regularly perform such simple procedures.
For more information on the fight against breast cancer visit www.runforthecure.com.