Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure raises over $30M for breast cancer research, education and advocacy

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - In communities from coast to coast, 170,000 Canadians raised over $30 million today in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Funds raised allow the Foundation to continue investing in groundbreaking breast cancer research while supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. In 2012, with donor support, the Foundation invested over $26.5 million in vital research and community health grants that have led progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

"The outstanding dedication of our participants, volunteers and sponsors in today's event demonstrates an unwavering commitment to Canadians affected by breast cancer. We wish to commend all of supporters as well as the students, faculty and alumni who joined us in the Post Secondary Challenge for their generosity and passion for the breast cancer cause. Together, with the funds raised, we are making significant and meaningful steps towards our vision of creating a future without breast cancer," says Deborah Dubenofsky, Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation National Board.

In 2012, for the 16th year, CIBC was the title sponsor of the CIBC Run for the Cure. Team CIBC included 13,000 participants nationally whose efforts continue to show true commitment, through countless volunteer hours, team fundraising and support on Run day.

"Our thanks to all of the participants, the volunteers and the donors, whose contributions are helping to create a future without breast cancer. Seeing so many dedicated people come together for the breast cancer cause makes us very proud to be the title sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure," says Christina Kramer, Executive Vice-President, CIBC.

Other national sponsors include New Balance Canada, East Side Mario's, Running Room Canada Inc., Egg Farmers of Canada, Canpar Transport L.P. and Revlon Canada.

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 cbcf.org and join the movement.

About CIBC
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 2011, CIBC contributed more than $35 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.

Image with caption: "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. (CNW Group/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120930_C2963_PHOTO_EN_18681.jpg

SOURCE: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

For further information:

Kelly Hanley
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
416-263-7944
khanley@cbcf.org
Twitter: @CBCF_

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