Funds raised support breast cancer research, treatment, and awareness
TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) is pleased to announce that on Sunday, October 6,
15,000 employees, family and friends, walked, ran, or volunteered in
the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, raising
more than $3 million.
As title sponsor of the Run since 1997, Team CIBC is proud to have
helped the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation raise a total of $27
million from this year's event for breast cancer research, treatment
and awareness programs. Team CIBC's support included raising funds
through pledges, fundraising initiatives and the CIBC Pink Collection™.
"CIBC is proud to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for a
cause that affects so many Canadians and is important to both our
clients and employees," says Christina Kramer, CIBC's Executive
Vice-President and the bank's National Run Champion. "Team CIBC's
strong participation demonstrates how passionate and dedicated our
employees are about making a difference to the lives of people touched
by breast cancer."
Through advances in medical research and treatment, in part made
possible by volunteer-lead fundraising initiatives like the CIBC Run
for the Cure, 42 per cent more people survive from breast cancer today
than 25 years ago.
However, breast cancer is still the most common cancer for women in
Canada, with one in nine expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime.
"The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is proud of the longstanding
support of CIBC, true champions in helping realize our vision of
creating a future without breast cancer," said Jane Parsons, co-CEO,
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. "CIBC's continued commitment makes
it possible for the Foundation to continue funding the most promising
breast cancer research and supporting the breast cancer community
across the country."
CIBC's commitment to the cause includes dedicated employees like Jeff
Timmons, who has taken fundraising to new heights this year with his
climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation. CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank
employees also took part in the second annual Walk for the Cure in 17
countries across the Caribbean, in support of cancer charities across
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure
Since 1992, the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for
the Cure has been the largest, single-day, volunteer-led national event
in support of creating a future without breast cancer. On October 5,
2014, this national movement will again connect participants and
volunteers in 66 communities across the country. For more information,
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
For over 25 years, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has been at the
forefront of a nation-wide movement to raise awareness and mobilize
action on breast cancer. Today, the Foundation is the leading
organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast
cancer. Since 1986, from coast to coast, we have invested over $274
million to fund vital research and community health grants that have
led progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and
care. Visit www.cbcf.org and join the movement.
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11
million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to
supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our
communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through
corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of
employees. In 2012, CIBC contributed more than $38 million to over
1,900 charitable and non-profit initiatives in 450 communities. You can
find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre
on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.
Attention Editors: Regional CIBC Run Champions are available for interviews and can share
their personal stories about why they became involved in the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
Image with caption: "Breast cancer survivor Marina Rochon and her daughter Emma at Sunday's CIBC Run for the Cure event in Toronto. (CNW Group/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131007_C7886_PHOTO_EN_31783.jpg
Image with caption: "The 15,000 members of Team CIBC are among the hundreds and thousands of people across Canada who participated in this year's CIBC Run for the Cure. (CNW Group/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131007_C7886_PHOTO_EN_31785.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
For further information:
Media contact: Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications and Media Relations, 416-784-6699, or firstname.lastname@example.org.