Students across the country raised more than $500,000 for breast cancer
LETHBRIDGE, AB, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) today
announced University of Lethbridge's Devynn Helischauer as the top
Alberta student fundraiser in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
CIBC Run for the Cure Post Secondary Challenge.
The Challenge inspired Canada's college and university students and
faculty to raise more than $500,000 for breast cancer research,
education, awareness and advocacy.
Helischauer, who raised $4,000 during the Challenge as part of team
'Treasured Chests', has won a $2,500 CIBC Education Award to help with
her tuition expenses. Fellow University of Lethbridge student Anna
Kovalchuk and Ken Soong from the University of Alberta were also named
among the top national fundraisers to win a CIBC Education Award in
"CIBC was very proud to present the Post Secondary Challenge," said Mark
Galbraith, Vice-President, Alberta, CIBC. "Our goal is to raise breast
cancer awareness among Canada's students and motivate as many young
people as possible to raise funds that will make a difference in the
lives of those living with breast cancer. Congratulations to the CIBC
Education Award winners and thank you to all of the students who
together raised more than half a million dollars."
"We are truly inspired by the outstanding dedication and enthusiasm
demonstrated by participating Post Secondary Challenge schools across
Canada. With the incredible support of our title sponsor - CIBC, this
program has once again exceeded our expectations," said Deborah
Dubenofsky, Chair, National Board of Directors, Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation. "I wish to congratulate each of the CIBC Education Awards
recipients for their contribution to the Foundation's vision of
creating a future without breast cancer. The support we receive through
this program allows the Foundation to continue investing in the most
promising breast cancer research, education and advocacy initiatives in
Here's what the CIBC Education Award winners had to say:
Devynn Helischauer, University of Lethbridge "I was honoured and shocked to receive this award as this cause is
close to my heart. My Mom and Grandma have breast cancer and I am glad
I can make a difference. This is very helpful to me as it can support
my education costs."
Anna Kovalchuk, University of Lethbridge "I've been participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure for the past few
years and I had a great experience doing the Post Secondary Challenge
last year. A scholarship was a great motivator for my fundraising! I
volunteer and fundraise for the cause with the hopes that I never will
have a personal connection to it."
Ken Soong, University of Alberta "It's all about raising awareness for a great cause. A close friend of
mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, although she is still
less than 40 years old. It was really close to home for me and when I
was at the Run I had her on my mind the whole time.
"I was overjoyed at the news that I won the $2500 CIBC Education Award.
I have to thank all my friends, family, and colleagues who donated to
my run. Without their support and their rally behind my cause, none of
this would have happened."
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
charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national,
regional and local organizations.
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. In 2012, nearly
170,000 participants raised more than $30 million to fund innovative
breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. On Sunday,
October 6, 2013 this national movement will again connect participants
and volunteers in 60 communities across the country. For more
information, visit www.cbcf.org
SOURCE: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
For further information:
Sean Hamilton, CIBC, Tel: 416-304-8456, or firstname.lastname@example.org