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“CIBC Run For The Cure” Returns Again Virtually
By Sarah Krzysik
For the second year in a row, the Canadian Cancer Society “CIBC Run For The Cure” takes place virtually on Sunday, October 3, 2021.
This marks the 24th year that Windsor Essex individuals, businesses and organizations are taking part in the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, support programs, health education, and advocacy initiatives in Canada.
Run participants are encouraged to tailor their experience this year by walking or running in their own neighbourhoods, rather than gathering at the Riverfront downtown Windsor (as they’ve done in years past).
“Fundraising efforts and awareness campaigns are already underway to show Canadians facing breast cancer that we will never stop running,” says Volunteer Run Director, Community Engagement Nicole Dziamarski.
To maintain a sense of community, the re-imagined “Run Day” includes a nationally hosted, live-streamed opening ceremony in the morning that can be viewed through the Canadian Cancer Society’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
The opening ceremony features performances from talented musicians, testimonials from people affected by breast cancer and high-energy activities featuring fitness leaders from across the country.
In the last few decades, we have seen cancer death rates slowly decrease, likely due to increased screening and treatment improvements that have been made possible through research and programming supported by fundraisers like these.
Dr. Lisa Porter, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of Windsor, and Executive Director of WE-SPARK Health Institute specializes in cancer research, including breast cancer.
“The hundreds of survivors I get the pleasure of meeting every year are proof that we have made important progress,” Porter states.
Porter has received direct funding from the Canadian Cancer Society/Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance to research how aspects of normal mammary gland development can lead to breast cancer. This kicked off a large research program currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
“My lab in Windsor has been fortunate to be supported by the Canadian Cancer Society,” Porter indicates. “The organization can’t fund the research needed to drive progress against this disease without the support of generous donors.”
Last year, Windsor Essex participants came together to raise over $84,361, adding to the $4.2 million raised throughout the years in the region. The “CIBC Run For The Cure” Executive Committee is hopeful that not only will these goals be met, but exceeded in 2021, and they encourage everyone to sign up early to maximize their virtual Run experience.
You can register on: CIBCRunForTheCure.com. To keep up with the latest information, follow them on Facebook @WindsorRun and Instagram @runforthecure_windsor.