More than 600 people participated in last years CIBC Run for the Cure. (Black Press File Photo)

CIBC Run for the Cure returns to Victoria

Victorians set to join Canadians from across the country in the fight against cancer

On Sunday Oct. 8, hundreds of Victorians will participate in the 28th annual Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure.

This year’s event is also taking place in 56 other locations around the country and is the largest single-day, volunteer-led event aimed at raising funds for breast cancer research.

One of the participants in this year’s Victoria run is Rachel Staples. In May 2016, Staples and her sister were both diagnosed with breast cancer within a week of each other.

Now Rachel will be joining the ongoing fundraising efforts that helped her and her sister in their fight against cancer.

ALSO READ:Centre gives breast cancer patients new outlook on life

The event has grown a lot since its first iteration that took place in Toronto’s High Park back in 1992, when a group of volunteers came together and raised $85,000. What was once a relatively small event now takes place from coast to coast. Last year alone they raised $16 million, and in total the Run for the Cure has raised $445 million.

The Canadian Cancer Society uses the money raised for breast cancer research, support services, health education and advocacy programs. Over the past 20 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has invested over $360 million in breast cancer research and funded more than 1,400 scientific and community grants.

Andrea Seale, Interim CEO at the Canadian Cancer Society spoke about the ongoing need for this event.

“We’ve certainly made huge strides in breast cancer, but every day more than 70 Canadians will receive a diagnoses,” Seale said.

“We must keep investing in the breast cancer cause so more people can continue to survive their diagnoses and enjoy a better quality of life.”

ALSO READ: Federal Government invests $10 million towards cervical cancer research

Seale says that the participants in the event are what make it so special.

“Each year, the CIBC Run for the Cure unites a collective of Canadians who are a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer,”

Victoria’s run begins at 9 a.m. at the University of Victoria, registration is now open online.

You can find more information and register for the Victoria run at convio.cancer.ca

vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca

Just Posted

Victoria feels the pinch at the pump as gas prices jump 18 cents

Gas up to 157.9 cents per litre at some stations

For Central Saanich couple, fight against MS is a matter of family

Altenkirks sell greeting cards and wooden bowls to raise money for MS Society

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Coast Collective ready to Raise the Roof with Langford art auction

The fundraiser is Friday, Oct 18 at the Royal Canadian Legion on Station Road

Saanich residents planning Halloween fireworks displays must plan ahead

Folks are required to attend one of three safety courses, buy a permit

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Two Cowichan Tribes families devastated by duplex fire

Carla Sylvester sat in her vehicle, on Tuesday morning, with tears in… Continue reading

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Most Read