How a breast cancer survivor and CIBC Run for the Cure supporter found community and connection
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“The Canadian Cancer Society provided me with connection – connection to a community, so I didn’t feel alone, connection to information, so I felt informed and empowered by knowledge, and connected to others who understood the emotional and physical journey of cancer,” says Kim.
Last year, 85,000 participants joined the Run in 56 communities across the country. For those who don’t live close to a Run site, our virtual “My Run. Anywhere. Any way.” program allows them to participate by planning their own route – something Kim has been doing since 2017.
“Luna, my dog, is my running buddy and she always keeps me moving on Run Day. Our ‘Run route’ usually consists of trails through Algonquin Park,” shares Kim.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing is the reality for the foreseeable future. But we’re still committed to an energetic, interactive and engaging Run Day – which is why we’ve reimagined this year’s Run into a one-of-a-kind virtual experience.
On October 4, 2020, Kim will be joined by Canadians across the country participating in our first ever, nationwide virtual CIBC Run for the Cure. It will include all the best things about Run Day – like connecting with your teammates, an inspirational opening ceremony, and a high-energy warm-up – as well as new features like the ability to create and customize your own avatar on our refreshed mobile app and website.
While the Run might look a bit different this year, the reason behind this event remains the same – to raise funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research and a coast-to-coast support system that makes a real difference for people affected by breast cancer. And for Kim, participating is also a way to stay healthy and celebrate being a survivor, while giving back to help others affected by cancer.
“I run for my mental health, I run for cancer research, and I run for people who feel alone on their cancer journey,” shares Kim.
Who will you Run for?
With 1 in 8 Canadian women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and 75 Canadians faced with a breast cancer diagnosis every day, breast cancer affects so many of us. Like Kim, we all have a reason to show our support. Thanks to the funds raised through the CIBC Run for the Cure, we now know more than ever before about how to prevent, diagnose, treat and live with and beyond breast cancer. When you sign up and fundraise for the CIBC Run for the Cure, you help support people like Kim and ensure that no Canadian has to face breast cancer alone.
Join Canadians across the country for our first-ever virtual Run and help us create a world where no Canadian fears breast cancer.