Trenton Park was a sea of pink and white on Sunday as a crowd gathered in solidarity.
The occasion was the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure which raises funds to create a future without breast cancer.
Dedication, enthusiasm and energy were prevalent as participants walked or ran distances of either one kilometer or five kilometres through the park.
“I am thrilled to announced that today we had 149 participants come together to raise over $29,281.10,” said volunteer run organizer Christy Miller. “Thanks to you, all of these donations will be invested in funding the best breast cancer research providing the largest cancer support system in the country and advocating on behalf of all Canadians for important social change.”
Volunteer run director Melissa Castonguay said, “This event would not be what it is today without the loyal support of our title sponsor, CIBC.”
Castonguay and Miller were all smiles as they confirmed that both the total amount raised and the number of participants both exceed last year’s numbers — $23,684 raised in 2018 by 114 participants.
“I’m very excited and proud that we beat our last year’s numbers, and brought together so many people for such a great cause,” Miller said.
Castonguay echoed, “I just want to say thank you to everyone who was here today in whatever capacity – be it volunteer, donor, participant, survivor. We couldn’t do anything that we do without all of those people. Every single person makes a difference and hopefully that difference equals a future without breast cancer.”
Run Day Determination awards, which recognizes the three local people who raise the most funds by Oct. 4, went to: Jana Gero — 3rd place; Joanne O’Brien — 2nd place; Donald O’Brien — 1st place; he has won this award for seven straight years.
Womens Team Challenge award, which recognizes the top self-identified women’s team that demonstrates excellence in both fundraising and team spirit, went to Women Alike Breast Cancer Society.
Corporate Spirit award winner, raising $1,181, was Sobeys Sharks.
Family and Friends Team Challenge award winner: Golden Globes, raising $9,733.
Across the country, some $3 million was raised by 15,000 team members in 57 communities.
While breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian women, progress is being made. Recently updated statistics by the Canadian Cancer Society, Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada indicate that the female breast cancer death rate has decreased by an estimated 48 per cent since it peaked in 1986.
“Today, Canadians in communities across the country were united as a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer. It’s thanks to these Canadians that the Canadian Cancer Society is able to fund the best breast cancer research, provide the largest cancer support system in the country and act as a voice for Canadians, advocating for important social change,” says Andrea Seale, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for the breast cancer cause. On October 6, 2019, this national movement brought together 85,000 participants and raised $17 million in communities across Canada. Since the event began in 1992, the CIBC Run for the Cure has raised more than $462 million for breast cancer research and support.
CIBC Run for the Cure volunteers Christy Miller, left, Jessica Emery and Melissa Castonguay, right, were busy handing out T-shirts to participants prior to Sunday’s event. (Jardine photo)