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MBC Teams at the CIBC Run for the Cure

Our third CIBC Run for the Cure is now behind us, and we can sit back knowing we did quite well.

We grew to 21 teams with 553 participants, and raised nearly $184,000 for metastatic breast cancer research.  With tents, sticker distribution and speakers at some run sites, we are helping to raise awareness of metastatic breast cancer in the wider breast cancer community.  Why?  Because some (most?) people do not know what metastasis is, that breast cancer is only deadly once the cancer leaves the breast, that recurrences can occur in up to 20-30% of early stage patients years after treatment, and that research into more effective treatments (or even a cure!) are still desperately needed.  

Our MBC teams hold close to our heart our friends and family members who we have lost.  Niki Curran, captain of a team in Oshawa and who gave a fantastic speech at her Run this year, died just a month later in October.  We have lost other teammates across the country - Jaspreet, Caroline, Jocelyn, Diane, Catherine, Marlene, Susan and Janine.  So we keep moving forward in their memory, hoping to make things better. 

For a summary of the MBC teams' fundraising efforts, please follow this link to the Run for the Cure website.

The Run for the Cure can be daunting for people living with metastatic breast cancer with its relentless celebration of survivorship.  The Canadian Cancer Society has been helping to make the Run more welcoming by providing tents to MBC teams and renaming the Survivor tent to the Survivor & Lifer/Thriver tent.  A special shout out goes to Collingwood with its "Hope Lounge" which also welcomed those who cannot walk/run the distance but nonetheless want to show their support.  We hope that these changes will soon become commonplace at all 56 of the Run sites. 

CCS has prepared this fact sheet about its MBC research and programs.  In 2017, it directly 31% of its breast cancer research grants to metastatic breast cancer projects.  Of course, the most exciting news is its partnership with Stand Up fo Cancer Canada and CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) a $6 million competition to form a Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Dream Team.  This move is so important to address the shortfalls in MBC research - by taking this leadership step, it will help encourage researchers to tackle the hard, but most deadly breast cancer questions.   The application deadline is October 26, 2018.  Here is the news release

Some highlights from our 2018 Run for the Cure activities:

  • Jordana and the Count Me(ts) In team were profiled in both the CCS newsletter and in a Regina Leader Post article.  In the end, this incredible group of people living with MBC and their early stage allies raised over $67,000. 
  • Niki spoke at the Oshawa Run, in an honest, educational  and inspirational speech.
  • Heather & the Calgary team were profiled by the CCS Calgary facebook page
  • Nathalie spoke at the Saskatoon Run, teaching about mets while also showing the personal impact.
  • The Globe and Mail profiled our teams in its Giving Back column

Pictures from our 2018 teams.  Thank you to everyone who participated! 

Last updated November 20, 2018