Many survivors, family and friends of survivors, and family and friends of those who passed from the disease took part in the CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday to raise money for research to finally eliminate this dreaded disease.
Everybody’s wish is to have a first round knockout of this dreaded disease and if we could raise enough money for research, many lives could be saved.
One of the largest crowds ever, took part in the Run on Sunday. They were trying to eclipse the $91,000 that was raised last year.
Registration started at 8 am, with the Run starting at 10 am. The CIBC Run for the Cure is the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s largest signature, volunteer-led, fundraising event where 120,000 participants ran or walked at 62 sites across Canada in support of breast cancer research, health education and advocacy programs.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) invests in innovative and relevant breast cancer research that creates advancements in earlier detection, improved diagnosis and more effective treatment, all of which have helped to reduce mortality rates by 44 per cent since the 1980s. In fiscal 2014, CBCF invested $27 million to fund projects and programs focused on advancing our mission: $18.7 million was directed to breast cancer research and training grants while health education and advocacy initiatives accounted for $5 million. In 2014, there were 134 research projects and fellowships underway in Ontario working to make critical advancements in breast cancer research and care.
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 (second only to lung cancer). One in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2015, an estimated 25,000 Canadian women (and 220 Canadian men) will be diagnosed with breast cancer (in 2014, it was 24,400 women and 210 men), and an estimated 5,000 Canadian women (and 60 Canadian men) will die of breast cancer (the same as in 2014).
The Run brings together families, friends, neighbours and colleagues to honour and inspire all those who have been affected by breast cancer. For the one in nine Canadian women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, your support demonstrates hope and a commitment to finding a cure.
At last year’s Run in the Sault, just under 600 participants raised $91,000. Thanks to the generosity of our community, in 16 years of the Run here in the Sault, locally we’ve raised just over $1.2 million. To make a donation go to www.cibcrunforthecure.com or call the Run or call the Hotline at 705-542-6739