Hundreds of Calgarians set to Run for the Cure for breast cancer


People of all ages will gather Sunday outside Southcentre Mall to run, walk or use a mobility device along the one- or five-km route

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Hundreds of Calgarians will lace up their running shoes Sunday morning to raise funds for breast cancer research at CIBC’s 28th annual Run for the Cure event.

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Participants of all ages will gather outside of Southcentre Mall to run, walk or use a mobility device along either the one-kilometre or five-kilometre route. The Calgary event — the first to be held in person since before the pandemic — is one of 54 happening across the country, with thousands of people running for the common cause.

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“We’re welcoming everyone back in person after having everything online and running their own path the last couple of years,” said Calgary run director Yesenia Leon.

“The message being conveyed this run will be that we are stronger together. We are back as a whole again.”

About 2,000 participants are expected in Calgary, which is about 30 to 40 per cent more than event organizers saw virtually last year.

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“We hope that this year we can surpass our previous fundraising goals,” said Leon.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian women. Funds raised for breast cancer research are used to improve the many available treatments and continue the search for a cure.

Jennifer Dell, who survived breast cancer after being diagnosed at the start of last year, said her experience with treatments and preventive procedures has shown her how important fundraising is.

Runners approach the finish during the CIBC Run for the Cure on Oct. 6, 2019. The event drew about 6,000 participants.
Runners approach the finish during the CIBC Run for the Cure on Oct. 6, 2019. The event drew about 6,000 participants. Jim Wells/Postmedia

“There are many different types of breast cancer and many different treatment plans. Every woman I met through my journey has a different plan of treatment,” said Dell.

“I’m thankful for the people who have supported the past runs and those going forward, because it helped my treatment plan and supported me in all the ways I didn’t know I needed.”

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Dell will walk in this year’s event and is looking forward to the community made with other “Participants of Hope,” those who have cancer or have survived cancer.

“I feel like having that army around me is going to bring me strength,” said Dell. “The most important thing I can do going forward is helping others, because that’s also healing for me.”

The national Run for the Cure held virtually last year saw more than 20,000 participants and raised $11 million. More than $480 million has been raised for breast cancer research since the event first started in 1992.

The run will open Sunday morning with inspiring stories from participants who are living with and beyond breast cancer. A group stretch and warmup will then lead into the start of the five-kilometre run, and later the beginning of the one-kilometre.

A closing ceremony with team awards will conclude the event.

More information about registering for the run, volunteering or donating to the cause is available at cibcrunforthecure.com.

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