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2020 Windsor CIBC Run for the Cure Goes Virtual

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2020 Windsor CIBC Run for the Cure Goes Virtual

By Rachelle Prince

Although COVID-19 has changed everything, one thing has not: 1 in 8 Canadian women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
That’s why Windsor’s support of this year’s Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure matters and, in this challenging year, matters even more than ever. Since physical distancing is the new COVID-19 reality, organizers have re-imagined this year’s Run.

“As October 4 approaches, we’ve developed an exciting virtual experience,” says Windsor’s volunteer Run Director, Shayla Barker Klaczko. “Our plans include all the best things about Run Day: connecting with your teammates, an inspirational opening ceremony, a high-energy warm-up and a few surprises.”
Klaczko adds that the event organizers will organize the fun online while participants have the option to bring together a small group of family and friends to run or walk as part of their at-home celebration.

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Participants are encourage to sign the Wall of Hope every year which will be changed to an online experience for 2020 and shared before the run. It will allow participants to share messages of hope and who they are running for. Photo courtesy of Rachelle Prince.

The Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is celebrating its 23rd year in Windsor-Essex and has raised more than $4.2 million dollars locally by engaging more than 28,000 participants over the years. In fact, several research grants have been provided directly to University of Windsor researchers.

“Together, we’re helping Canadians live longer and fuller lives,” says Klaczko. “With your support, we can fund game-changing cancer research, advocate for healthy public policies, provide a national support system, and offer trusted cancer information in our communities.”

Sandi Shoust, a 15-year breast cancer survivor and long-time Windsor CIBC Run for the Cure participant adds: “We’re here living full, strong lives because of fundraisers like this that support research for better treatments and to find a cure. I’m here because of the action of thousands of Canadians who support this cause that affects so many women and men of all ages. Together, let’s give hope to every person affected by breast cancer and keep up the research to find a cure.”

Help to change the future of breast cancer!

Whether you sign up as an individual or join an existing team, the volunteer organizers, participants and survivors are so grateful to those who will be joining the fundraising event (virtually) on October 4.

For more information and to register, please visit http://CIBCRunfortheCure.com

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