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Last updated September 29, 2019

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2018 Wrap-Up - MBC Teams at the CIBC Run for the Cure

We grew to 21 teams with 553 participants, and raised nearly $184,000 for metastatic breast cancer research.   

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 - Katherine, Jaspreet, Caroline, Jocelyn, Diane, Catherine, Marlene, Susan and Janine.  So we keep moving forward in their memory, hoping to make things better. 

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 Hope Lounge at all run sites for 2019. 

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
MBC Teams at the CIBC Run for the Cure

Please Join Us October 6, 2019! 

Where to start - www.cibcrunforthecure.com

If you start your team name with 'Metastatic Breast Cancer <team name>' the funds raised will be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society's Metastatic Futures Fund.  

Why MBC Teams?  Three years ago we started the Metastatic Breast Cancer teams at the Run. 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.

We have grown year over year, and it has been wonderful to connect with people across the country.  In its July news letter, the Canadian Cancer Society profiled the MBC Teams

How does the Canadian Cancer Society support people with metastatic breast cancer?  In addition to its programs that assist all cancer patients, the CCS is the largest supporter of breast cancer research in Canada.  In 2018, the CCS invested $4.0 million or one-third of the $12 million spent on breast cancer research on metastatic research.  A VERY exciting development is its recently announced support (up to $3.5 million) for the SU2 Cancer Canadian Cancer Society Metastatic Breast Cancer Dream Team!  The Dream Team is a cross Canada effort to use a novel treatment to interrupt the ability of breast cancer cells to manufacture necessary proteins.  Trials are planned in Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal. To learn more, head to the SU2C website

Some useful handouts:

  • How to register your Metastatic Breast Cancer team - a schematic
  • 10 Facts About Metastatic Breast Cancer - a handout
  • The Canadian Cancer Society's investment in MBC research - a handout

If you'd like to connect with other MBC teams across Canada:

  • mbcteams@outlook.com or
  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/MBCRunforCureTeams/

To date (September 29) we have grown to 37 teams.  To track our progress or to make a donation, please head here