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Run for the Cure goes on Sunday
Prince George joins 65 other communities across Canada on Sunday for the 22nd annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure to raise funds in support of breast cancer research and education initiatives.
The Run for the Cure is the largest single-day, volunteer-led national event in Canada in support of breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. The annual one kilometre/five kilometre walk or run would not be possible without the commitment of volunteers who make the event happen in communities across the country. Here in Prince George, a group of nine volunteers joined the organizing committee as early as March to plan, organize and execute the event.
Renee McCloskey, co-run director who has volunteered for four years says:
"Run day is truly an inspiring day. Whether you are participating as a survivor, running for a loved one or a friend, or just there to support the cause, it's an emotional and powerful event that brings people together with a common goal of a future without breast cancer."
For the second year in a row, all run sites in B.C. will have a Survivor Parade to celebrate those who are still with us today and to remember those who have passed away from the disease.
Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer diagnosed in Canadian women. One in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2013, an estimated 23,800 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 5,000 will die from it.
Last year 455 walkers and runners participated in the run/walk helping to raise $108,602 in Prince George alone. Across Canada participants raised a total of $30 million. All proceeds raised at the CIBC Run for the Cure will remain in the B.C./Yukon Region. Join in the walk and fundraising effort on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Prince George Civic Centre. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and the start of the walk/run is at 10. a.m. There's still time to participate, donate or volunteer on Run day, visit www.runforthecure.com.