No matter how cold it may have been, there was more than enough spirit to keep the runners – and walkers – warm during CIBC’s run for the cure event.
The CIBC Run for the Cure is a 5k run and a 1k walk that raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. It is the largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada in support of the breast cancer cause, and since 1992, $430 Million has been raised to fund breast cancer research projects.
Participants ranged in age, from young to old. Even some pups came out for the cause!
The event, which had over 85,000 participants join in last year, saw its Sault portion of the event start at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion this morning at 9:30 with opening ceremonies and the actual run and walk taking place at 10.
Participants had the opportunity to sign the Wall of Hope and Caswell’s unique pink cement truck with inspiring words, honouring survivors and those who have passed. While the event was an emotional experience for participants, organizers and survivors alike, there was also plenty of laughter and smiles to go around as new memories were created and old memories were cherished.
ONNtv’s Riley Smith had the pleasure of EmCee’ing the event, and was touched deeply by the Survivor’s Lap and the powerful speech shared by Jean Buconjic, this year’s survivor.
This year’s Sault Ste. Marie walk saw 306 participants raise $50,883. This money will go specifically to breast cancer research, support services, health education and advocacy programs.
“Next year, we will beat that, because cancer IS beatable,” Run Director Cynthia Sabourin, her voice breaking with emotion.
Next year’s run will take place October 6th.
For more information on award winners and total numbers from today’s inspiring event, click here.