15,000 team members fulfill their Promise to volunteer, walk, run and raise funds in support of a future without breast cancer
TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) employees, family and friends came out 15,000 strong to join thousands across the country in the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 1. Team CIBC members proudly raised an estimated $3 million for breast cancer research, education and support programs.
"CIBC committed more than two decades ago to help change the face of breast cancer, and we are so thankful to our employees, clients and Canadians in communities from coast to coast to coast who have stepped up over the years to support the CIBC Run for the Cure," says Christina Kramer, CIBC's Senior Executive Vice-President and its Executive Run Sponsor. "We are proud supporters of the Canadian Cancer Society and the work they do to bring us one step closer to conquering breast cancer."
Now in its 26th year, the CIBC Run for the Cure is a lasting testament to the unrelenting power of volunteerism, passion and dedication of Canadians who are committed to the breast cancer cause. Since the Run's inception, mortality rates for breast cancer are 44 per cent lower than their peak in the mid 1980's, thanks in part to funds raised for research.
"We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from Team CIBC, and we know that their efforts over the last 21 years of our partnership have helped to make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer," said Lynne Hudson, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. "In Canada, it's estimated that over 26,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. It is for these people and their families that together, with CIBC and Canadians across the country, we continue to fight tirelessly against this disease."
As title sponsor of the CIBC Run for the Cure for more than 20 years, Team CIBC has helped the Canadian Cancer Society raise a total of $48 million through pledges, donations and fundraising initiatives.
About the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure
The Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. On October 1, 2017, this national movement brought together participants and volunteers in 56 communities across the country to create a future without breast cancer. Register, donate or learn more at www.CIBCRunforthecure.com
About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. Across Personal and Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network, and locations across Canada, in the United States and around the world. With CIBC employees at the heart of raising funds, the bank supports initiatives that improve access to care, education and programs for our communities. In 2016, CIBC contributed more than $65 million to non-profit initiatives across Canada, led by our flagship fundraiser the CIBC Run for the Cure. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/ or by following on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/cibc), Twitter @CIBC, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CIBC) and Instagram @CIBCNow.
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