Monday, October 1, 2007

CIBC Run for the Cure

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

Sunday, September 30th, 2007
It was sunny and 14 degrees.

There were over 2,200 people. 5km run in Old Charlottetown and Victoria Park.

He came in 21:41 and placed 11th. My friend Dianne was first female and got gold medal and New Balance Shoes.

$170 total money I raised.

They saw Miss. Ross (Shephard) my T.A. from grade 4-6 and lot of people I know.

Ran or raced 6 days this week.

Unofficial Result: 11th out of 2,200+
5K in 21 minutes, 41 seconds

Run for the Cure 2006
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Islanders hit street for cause
Crowd of over 2,200 turns out Sunday for major benefit to fight breast cancer in province

Approximately 2,200 runners, walkers and people in wheelchairs took to the streets of Charlottetown Sunday for the annual CIBC Run for the Cure to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Organizers said the number of participants was up from previous years. Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

The Guardian

When Catherine Mooney was first diagnosed with breast cancer, her doctor gave her two years to live.
But on Sunday afternoon, 11 years later, Mooney stood silently at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown in her pink survivor’s T-shirt, overwhelmed with emotion.
Looking around at the crowd of over 2,200 who attended this year’s 11th annual CIBC Run for the Cure, Mooney recalled the moment all those years ago when she was given a limit to her lifespan.
“This is one of my favourite days of the year,” she said through tears. “This is an important day for me . . . because I wasn’t supposed to be here for 11 years.”
As she weaved through the thick crowd of participants — each one sporting a bright shade of pink — she greeted many of them by name.
“I like talking to people and meeting other survivors and finding out why people are here.”
So, for the last few years, Mooney has been involved in organizing the Wall of Hope — a large board set up at the run’s start line, where participants can post photos and messages about those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
Some of the messages are meant as little encouragements to those suffering from the disease.
Some are notes of remembrance to those who have died.
Mooney said the Wall of Hope is important to keep breast cancer victims’ memories alive each year.
“There are people since last year who have passed away,” she said.
She motioned to a photo of a young woman at last year’s event.
The laughing girl has since died of breast cancer, and a paper heart pasted next to her photo read, ‘Not forgotten.’
Mooney choked back tears as she talked about the girl and about the girl’s team, who came out again this year in memory of their friend.
But the run wasn’t always so crowded with people, Mooney said.
A photo on the backside of the wall showed the first year of the CIBC Run for the Cure in Charlottetown.
“This is what we thought was a really big crowd,” she said as she pointed to the spattering of a few hundred people.
“We were so excited that first year, and now look at how many people are here today.”
Organizers said a record 2,200 people participated in this year’s event, raising approximately $194,850 for breast cancer research.
Awareness and participation has grown every year, said Cecil Villard, the P.E.I. chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
Villard said this year’s Think Pink Week, leading up to Sunday’s run, shows how much awareness for the disease has grown on P.E.I.
“When you see such a large community of people coming together around this issue, I think it gives you a sense of how much it affects so many people.”
Indeed, people from all walks of life affected by the disease were out for the run on Sunday.
Mary Beth Roach was running in memory of her mother Rose, who died of breast cancer in 2000.
For her, the CIBC Run for the Cure is a day of family, as well as one of remembrance and support.
“It really brings family and friends together. We have quite a family team.”
Roach’s team raised over $11,000 this year.
She said all her immediate and extended family get involved each year, alongside numerous neighbours and friends.
“She was always the organizer of family events,” Roach said remembering her mom.
“I think she’d be pleasantly surprised that the team is still going.”

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