Pounding the pavement for research
By SHELLEY TERMUENDE, Connect Contributor
The 24th Annual CIBC Run for The Cure had the Fort McMurray community together come to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research.
Led by an energetic team of volunteers, the 2015 CIBC Run for the Cure resulted in a huge success from the events held in ten communities across the prairies and brought in an estimated $4.48M. Locally, the event hosted 425 runners – of all ages – and raised an estimated $84,768 in donations at MacDonald Island Park.
Co-run Coordinator, Denise Hildebrand says the run offers support to community based, local programs supporting breast cancer patients, those in remission and survivors.
“It is so good to know that the money we are raising in our community is helping people here, locally,” Denise Hildebrand.
Denise, who has gotten to know residents who are affected by the disease, helps to foster a supportive and open environment. “It is so good to know that the money we are raising in our community is helping people here, locally.”
October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and Sunday’s run was a kick off of sorts to the research and outreach programs which continue to run based on the kindness of donations throughout the year.
An inspiring opening ceremony filled with energetic music and stories from those touched by breast cancer helped to fuel the crowd before they headed out on their 5k and 1k runs.
Adorned in pink tutus, and proudly displaying pink ribbons pinned to their t-shirts and costumes, eager participants raced, ran, walked and were walked to bring awareness to breast cancer and research to help sufferers.
Thomas Coburger was the first participant to cross the finish line with a time of 23 minutes and welcomed the opportunity to raise awareness for the cause. Steven Watters, who finished with a time of 26 minutes, ran in memoriam of his uncle who tragically lost his fight with cancer.
Breast cancer effects thousands of Canadians and with an 80 per cent mortality rate, the need for further research continues to be a priority for the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation. The Canadian Cancer Society reports that by the end of 2015 alone, 25,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,000 will die from breast cancer.
Each day, 68 Canadian women will be diagnosed with the disease and 14 women per day die from the disease.
Men are also at risk of breast cancer. Statistics state that 220 men will be diagnosed by the end of 2015 and 60 will die from the disease. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers effecting women along with skin cancer, and is the second most lethal.
The Fort McMurray Division of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Run for the Cure Committee is always looking for volunteers and is actively looking for individuals to sit on the committee for the upcoming year.
For more information on breast cancer research and how you can get involved, check out the Foundation’s website at www.cbcf.org.
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