Brock to host CIBC Run for the Cure

CODY STANFORD

pink_ribbon_t670On October 5, come out to Brock University and join the sea of pink and white as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure aims to raise funds for both research and supportive organizations benefitting those who have been afflicted by the disease.

For the second year in a row, Brock University will host the annual, cross-Canada event that boasts participant numbers into the tens of thousands. The event will commence at 9:00 a.m. in front of Isaac’s Bar and Grill with opening ceremonies followed by a period allowing the participants to warm up and stretch with the starter pistol sounding off at 10:00 a.m. The run will be concentrated around the Brock campus itself with runners having the option of participating in either the 1km loop or the 5 km loop, depending on their level of athletic comfort.

Despite having the word “run” in the title, CIBC Run For The Cure is less about winning the race (you can run or walk or a combination of both) and more about raising awareness of a disease that affects the lives of thousands of people every year. Run as an individual or as a team, while focusing on helping to contribute donations to the research, and eventual eradication, of breast cancer.

The registration forms can be found at the official Run For The Cure website, runforthecure.com, along with detailed maps of both available running loops.

It is common knowledge that breast cancer affects millions of women around the world and despite the primary colours of the CIBC Run For The Cure being pink and white, breast cancer is also found in men and has equally lethal repercussions. Breast cancer in men tends to be an uncommon occurrence and because of this it does not often get the important recognition it deserves, which does not help the public perception of men diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a real occurence that affects real people. Men like actor Richard Roundtree, better known as tough 1970’s private detective John Shaft, required a double mastectomy and aggressive chemotherapy to beat the disease which nearly claimed his life.

After an incredibly successful event last year which saw over 1000 participants in pink and white raise close to $12,000 for breast cancer awareness and research, Brock University is hoping to match and exceed the enthusiasm and support for this years Run For The Cure. For the Brock community, the event is happening right in our backyard and it has never been easier to show support for those suffering from breast cancer. Brock students and staff alike should mark down Oct 5 on their calendars so you can take part in an event that will benefit us all.

 Run for the Cure 2013 Stats 
  • 130,000 particpants nation-wide
  • Approximately 1,000 particpants at the Brock University Campus
  • 100 particpants on the Brock team
  • 67 locations across Canada
  • Nation-wide total donations raised: $27,000,000
  • Niagara Chapter donations raised: $12,000

If volunteering is more your speed, the Run For The Cure is always looking for helping hands during the event, so if you are interested in assisting with the run please go to the SLIC office in MCA 204 to sign up.

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