$17 Million raised from the 2016 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

97,040 Changemakers from across Canada unite to raise funds for a future without breast cancer

TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, 97,040 Changemakers in 63 communities across Canada participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, raising an estimated $17 million for breast cancer research, education and support programs.  With the funds raised, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) will invest in groundbreaking research and programs that improve the lives of those affected by breast cancer through prevention, treatment and advances in patient care.

"With one in nine women expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime, breast cancer impacts almost every Canadian in some way," said Lynne Hudson, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  "It is inspiring and humbling to see so many Canadians come together for the CIBC Run for the Cure to support this cause. I want to thank each and every one of the participants, volunteers, donors and sponsors for making a significant difference in the lives of so many individuals and their families who are touched by breast cancer."

The CIBC Run for the Cure is a trailblazing partnership between the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, CIBC and communities across Canada that is changing the face of breast cancer. This year's Run marked CIBC's 20th year as title sponsor and together with the tens of thousands of participants and supporters across the country has helped remove stigma and create a movement that brings Canadians together in support of friends, family and loved ones who experience breast cancer.

"CIBC is proud to partner with CBCF and thousands of donors, participants and volunteers across the country who for over two decades have helped support innovative research, advances in screening technology and support programs for the estimated 25,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year,"  says Christina Kramer, CIBC's Executive Vice-President and its Executive Run Sponsor. " Together with our team of Changemakers, including support from our clients and employees, we are committed to creating a future without breast cancer."

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. On October 2, 2016, this national movement brought together participants and volunteers in more than 60 communities across the country to create a future without breast cancer. Register, donate or learn more at www.CIBCRunforthecure.com

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a national community-driven charity. As the largest charitable funder of breast cancer research in Canada, CBCF's vision is to create a future without breast cancer. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has invested over $360 million in breast cancer research, funding more than 1,400 scientific and community grants. CBCF's investments in vital research, education, health promotion, support and information programs have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. For more information, visit cbcf.org.

About CIBC
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based financial institution with 11 million individual, small business, commercial and institutional clients. CIBC and its employees invest in the social and economic development of communities and in 2015, CIBC contributed more than $65 million to support community  initiatives across Canada, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, CIBC Miracle Day™ and United Way. This year, CIBC marks 20 years as title sponsor of the CIBC Run for the Cure and over two decades of support for breast cancer research and treatment. For more information, visit CIBC's Corporate Responsibility Report or follow on Twitter @CIBC, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CIBC) and Instagram @CIBCNow.

SOURCE Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Image with caption: "Cynthia Mulligan, Citytv reporter, emcees the opening ceremonies at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto. Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour (CNW Group/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161002_C6485_PHOTO_EN_786602.jpg

Image with caption: "Participants support the breast cancer cause at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto. Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour (CNW Group/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161002_C6485_PHOTO_EN_786604.jpg

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