Hundreds run, walk in breast cancer fight

Andrew Cummings
October 7, 2019

Hundreds will be taking to the streets of Guelph on Sunday to help raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. She's walked with a support team for the last six years but has participated for the previous 10 years since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

"This is an incredible event", said Diane, a breast cancer survivor.

She has been cancer-free for seven years.

"I think it is a really important event for our team to come to because all of these people that showed up today are supporting us and I just find it unbelievable", said Lynne Heidt, president of the team. "That's why I'm here, is to hopefully save other people's lives". "You might think there's a lot of people dealing with cancer, obviously going though treatment and not feeling well, but they're there, and the feeling of hope and the energy of it - it doesn't matter if it's pouring rain".

CIBC has been a committed partner of the run for more than two decades, helping to raise $430 million during that time, which has enabled investments in promising research, as well as information and support programs to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone, said Lynne Hudson, president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society.

"For a lot of people, it's an event that inspires hope and happiness", she said. "I'm just going through radiation", Sue Shindle said as her friends stood around her in support.

One in eight women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life.

Since 1992, Run for the Cure has raised nearly $445 million for breast cancer research. "It's a really important cause for us to keep funding until we can say that women don't have to be as afraid of breast cancer".

Webb has also decided this year will be her last as run director.

"It was a great turnout this year", MacDonald said. The number of participants and the amount raised are both up this year compared to the inaugural run in 2018, which saw approximately 258 participants and raised $41,410.

The annual event sees almost 100,000 participants nationwide, raising more than $17 million annually.

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