$26.5 million Raised Nationwide as Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure Celebrates Sweet Sixteen

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Celebrating 16 years of fundraising success,
the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure raised
$26.5 million today. The largest, single-day, volunteer-led, national event to
support breast cancer, this year's Run attracted more than 170,000 Canadians
in 53 communities across the country.
    "For the sixteenth year, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run
for the Cure has united thousands of Canadians in support of breast cancer,"
says Sharon Wood, CEO, Ontario Region, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
"Thanks to the dedication of the volunteers, participants, sponsors and staff
that set this event apart, we met/exceeded our fundraising goal and now look
forward to putting the money to work."
    With the money raised from today's Run, the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation will continue to support a wide range of studies in the areas of
prevention, diagnosis and improved treatment, as well as quality of life
research that focuses on helping survivors return to as normal a life as
    The Run is an inspirational, non-competitive event that people of all
ages and abilities can do on their own, with their family or as part of a
team. Participants walk or run their choice of one or five kilometres.
    CIBC is celebrating its 11th year as title sponsor of the Run in 2007.
"Our sponsorship has come to mean much more than financial support. CIBC
employees have adopted the Run as one of their most strongly supported causes,
and are committed to creating a future without breast cancer," says Sonia
Baxendale, Senior Executive Vice President, CIBC.
    Other national sponsors include Ford of Canada, NYGARD, Running Room
Canada Inc., McCain Foods (Canada) Ltd., Ganong Bros. Ltd., New Balance
Canada, Revlon Canada and Canpar Transport L.P.

    Where the money goes

    The funds raised through the Run enable the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation to support breast cancer research and health promotion projects
with both regional and national reach. Areas of focus include:
    -  Leading-edge research focused on learning about the causes and risk
       factors for breast cancer;
    -  Understanding how breast cancer grows and spreads in the body;
    -  Detecting and diagnosing breast cancer more effectively;
    -  Improving clinical treatment, supportive care, and the quality of life
       of breast cancer survivors;
    -  Providing accurate, timely breast health information to thousands of
       women each year.

    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 the Atlantic provinces
as well as a central office in Toronto. For more information, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Mariam Mesbah, Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation, (416) 596-6773 X351, (647)-208-8237 (Run day), mmesbah@cbcf.org

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