Approximately 30,000 people walk or run for a future without breast
cancer; $26.5 million raised nationwide
TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Canadians in more than 50 communities were
united today by their support for a future without breast cancer at the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. The annual
fundraising event for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is Canada's
largest single-day, volunteer-led event in support of the breast cancer cause.
In Toronto, an estimated 30,000 people gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to
show their support and celebrate their fundraising efforts with a walk or run
of one or five kilometres. Early results indicate that Toronto participants
raised $5,047,856.34 of the estimated national total of $26.5 million. The
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation directs proceeds of the Run to breast cancer
research and community education projects.
"Today, more people are living beyond breast cancer than ever before.
While we are getting closer to the day when even more people will survive the
disease, we are not yet there," said Sharon Wood, CEO of the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation. "This is why the need for breast cancer research and
community education projects is still so strong, and why fundraising events
like the Run are so important. Congratulations and thank you to the
volunteers, sponsors and participants for making this year's event such a
success - and for ensuring that needed research can continue to happen."
At the closing ceremonies this morning at Nathan Phillips Square, awards
were presented to the following participants:
- Bob Wordham of Mississauga was the Ford Determination Award Winner for
his top individual fundraising efforts of $20,687.30.
- Team 98.1 CHFI, which raised $70,112, won the CIBC Corporate Spirit
- Hacksaw's Crusaders received the McCain Friends and Family Award in
recognition of their team fundraising total of $82,914.
- Team YPA raised $10,060 to win the New Balance Women's Challenge
- St. Clements School Spirit received the School Team Challenge Award
for raising $35,745.
The Run is a volunteer-based event that inspires and mobilizes
communities to take collective action in support of a future without breast
cancer. Sponsors of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the
Cure are title sponsor CIBC and national sponsors Ford of Canada, Nygard,
Running Room Canada Inc., McCain Foods (Canada) Ltd., New Balance, Ganong
Bros. Ltd., Revlon Canada and Canpar Transport L.P. Ontario's Finest Inns &
Spas is a regional sponsor in the 20 Ontario communities where the Run takes
place. In Toronto, the event's local sponsors are Aber Diamond Corporation, CB
Richard Ellis, Canadian Springs, Playtex Ltd., MIX 99.9 FM, EZ Rock 97.3, and
Newstalk CFRB 1010 AM.
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
As the leading national volunteer-based organization dedicated to
creating a future without breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and
innovative breast cancer research, meaningful education and awareness
programs, early diagnosis and effective treatment, and a positive quality of
life for those living with breast cancer. Founded in 1986, the Foundation has
regional offices in BC/Yukon, Prairies/NWT, Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Since
2000, the Foundation has allocated more than $50 million in Ontario alone to
breast cancer research, community health projects, and other programs that
will make a difference. For more information, visit www.cbcf.org.
For further information:
For further information: Lisa Marchitto, Associate Director of
Communications, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region, (416)
815-1313 x500, (416) 994-4036 (on Sunday, September 30 only)