Dozens of people wore pink and ran or walked around Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park this morning (Oct. 6) to take a stand against breast cancer.
A large crowd gathered at the park's pavilion to take part in the 2019 CIBC Run for the Cure to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
“I remember sitting in my surgeon’s office listening to my options in a complete fog. ‘Was this really happening to me?’ After all, you never think you’re the one who will get cancer,” said breast cancer survivor Lorna Dugdale, who shared her story before the event began.
“Today marks my fourth Run for the Cure. I am walking for those who have lost their battle, for those who continue to fight, for those who have survived the fight,” said Dugdale. “Without the research funded by CIBC run for the cure I can only imagine what my prognosis may have been.”
The CIBC Run for the Cure is a 5k run or 1k walk that’s been taking place in Canada since 1992. Now, more than 82,000 Canadians participate annually in the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.
“Today we prove that whoever you are, however, this disease may have touched your life, together we are a force for life in the face of breast cancer,” added Dugdale.