Run for the Cure

About the Run for the Cure

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education and awareness programs.  Last year, Canadians united to raise over $30 million in the 2012 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. The fundraising efforts and volunteer support of over 170,000 annual participants allows the Foundation to continue funding groundbreaking research, education, awareness and advocacy initiatives.    For more information check out

My Participation

I participated in the 5 kms Run for the Cure for the first time in the fall of 2006 after my second chemo treatment and I just completed my fourth Run for the Cure on October 6, 2013.

Tasza & Me - Before the run
In 2013 my daughter Tasza joined me for the run.  Due to a hockey tournament, we were not sure if we would be able to participate.  However, since her team did not move on to the semi-finals, she was able to join me.  Everything always has an upside.  My fundraising efforts were a bit less than in previous years but I still managed to raise over $500.00!

It was a cold, windy morning but we dressed for it and once we got to the run site we were automatically awake and ready to go.  The energy from the participants is always quite contagious!  Tasza stayed by my side and we actually ran at quite a good pace.  The best part for me was sprinting towards the finish line, hand-in-hand with my daughter.  Arms raised, big smiles on our faces and tears in my eyes.  Happy tears.  Thankful tears.  In that moment, nothing else mattered. 


Alex, Mike, Tasz & Me - Run for the Cure 2012 

In 2012 I was very happy to have my whole family with me on run day.  All four of us just happened to have nothing on our schedules so we were all able to participate.  The kids of course were way ahead of us but Mike ran by my side the entire way.  We managed to raise $2,000.00 for our efforts!  I must say that to have my family with me was absolutely incredible.  It was a day I will always remember and I was so touched that they came out to support a future with no breast cancer.  I am so proud of them!

Tasza & Me - Run for the Cure 2011
In 2011 I was back in great shape and able to do the run.  I also able to raise $1,500.00 with the support of so many generous friends, family and colleagues.  This time my 13 year old daughter joined me.  We crossed the finish line holding hands and the feeling I had is beyond words.  I felt so alive, so free, so happy and so blessed.  Oh yeah and so out of breath (she's fast)!

The FPU (don't ask!) - Blue Mountain 2007
Although I had planned to participate in the Run for the Cure every year, sometimes plans change and life gets busy with other things.  In 2009 and 2010 hockey tournaments got in the way.  In the fall of 2008 I was in for another surgery so missed the run.

In 2007 I was not able to participate because the run fell on the same weekend as my girl’s weekend getaway with my high school friends.  They felt bad about that so my thoughtful friend Trish got us all some pink scarves and some champagne and we did our own "run".  It was more like a gondola ride up to the top of Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario and a hike down the hill.  I will never forget how great that day was!

National Chief Phil Fontaine & Me - Ottawa 2006
2006 was the first year I did the Run for the Cure.  I had just finished my second chemo treatment.  There was a big group of my co-workers at the Assembly of First Nations that decided to participate and run/walk in support of a future without breast cancer.  They had put in a team and even had t-shirts for "AFN TEAM TT".  The National Chief at the time was Phil Fontaine and he even came out and joined us on that cold, rainy morning!  Again, this was a day I will always remember.

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