Community members were on the move this morning, making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
The CIBC Run for the Cure was held Sunday, Oct. 2, at Beban Park’s Gyro Youth Sports Fields. It was the first time since pre-pandemic that the event was held in person and the community responded with close to 300 participants raising more than $70,000.
“We’re really just grateful to the community for coming back together,” said Tanya Henry, vice-president of signature programs with the Canadian Cancer Society. “I always say the breast cancer community is a force and they always show up.”
Participants ran or walked a five- or one-kilometre course around the park after speeches and a warm-up.
Christina Moretto of RE/Max of Nanaimo was the top individual fundraiser, raising $11,700 for the cause, and RE/Max was the top fundraising team. The North Island Girls Gone South was the top fundraiser among women’s teams, raising $7,000, and the River Spirit Campbell River Dragonboat Society was tops in the friends and family category with $3,500 raised. Courtney Hulme, the morning’s ‘participant of hope’ speaker representing those impacted by breast cancer, was the runner-up in individual fundraising at $3,300 and Joan Takenaka raised $3,000.
Money raised goes to breast cancer research and support programs.
“It’ been truly incredible to see all of the participants come back out, all the participants of hope and all the people supporting them,” Henry said. “After two years away, this community really rallied.”