Joanne Boyer, volunteer lead, and Sylvia Shedden, volunteer run director, are part of the team putting on Nanaimo’s CIBC Run for the Cure this Sunday, Sept. 30, at Beban Park. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Every step meaningful at Run for the Cure

CIBC Run for the Cure takes place Sunday, Sept. 30, at Nanaimo’s Beban Park

Every step, every stride of the CIBC Run for the Cure is important, in its own way. But some of the most meaningful steps happen right before the start of the run-walk event, when breast cancer survivors gather for a survivors’ march, set to anthemic music.

Survivors are presented with a flower, and “you just melt,” said Nanaimo’s Joanne Boyer. “Every year I get emotional.”

Boyer is the volunteer lead for the event, and she’s also a breast cancer survivor. For her, the Run for the Cure, coming up Sunday, Sept. 30, at Beban Park, is about awareness. Boyer tries to get across the importance of mammograms after she waited until age 49 to get hers, when she just happened to be at an imaging clinic after her son sprained an ankle.

“I had no pain, I had no lump, I had no idea…” she said. “It kind of makes you want to tell women, even though you don’t feel anything or suspect anything, get in there.”

She was able to get a partial mastectomy right away and she always expected she would be OK, but there was some fear.

“The whole family was scared because there was never any cancer in our family. It’s the unknown, is the really scary part about cancer,” she said.

Boyer said she didn’t seek out a lot of support from people and instead closed herself off at that time.

“There is lots of support,” she said. “You don’t have to ask for it; they’re going to offer it to you and you can take what you want to out of it.”

When she was ready, one of the first causes she got involved in was the Run for the Cure. She’s not only a survivor and a volunteer but also a participant, representing the Dream Team, which dares to dream of a day when nobody gets cancer.

Sylvia Shedden, volunteer run director, said 400 participants had registered as of last week and she was hoping for 100 more this week. It’s the 20th Run for the Cure in Nanaimo, with the previous 19 combining to raise more than $3 million.

“The money does go to support the best of breast cancer research and programs for people with breast cancer, which is very important,” Shedden said.

Nanaimo’s Beban Park is the western-most of 56 run locations across Canada, with all the events happening the same day.

“It’s very exciting, with the time difference, knowing that out in the east coast, they’ve already started three, four hours earlier and the runs are happening, the opening ceremonies are happening, just feeling that wave go all the way across the country,” Shedden said.

The run is Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at Beban Park and runners and walkers are invited to choose either a five-kilometre or one-kilometre route. Sign-up is by minimum donation of $45 and registration is online at or on-site starting at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Tilray, Sandoz have new agreement for developing market for medical cannabis

Tilray’s operation in Nanaimo, B.C., is licenced to produce dried cannabis and cannabis extracts

School kids supporting Coins for Kids

Pleasant Valley Elementary making change for charity

Nanaimo’s Christmas light contest winners chosen

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce announces winners in holiday light-up contest

GUEST COMMENT: Raise a street kid in Nanaimo

Streets are important for childhood development, says guest columnist

Nanaimo swimmers show their team spirit at Blue and Gold Night meet

Nanaimo Riptides co-operate at team-building event

Sea Kings’ final flight holds special meaning for Nanaimo family

Dozens of people turn out with family of pilot to wave farewell to Sea King helicopters

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notorious Toronto triple killer gets third consecutive life sentence

Dellen Millard gets third consecutive life sentence for father’s death.

‘Subdued’ housing market predicted in B.C. through 2021: report

The Central 1 Credit Union report predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.

A journey through 2018’s top pop culture moments

Was there any pop culture this year? Of course there was.

‘A stronger Alberta:’ Ottawa announces $1.6B for Canada’s oil and gas sector

Price of Alberta oil plummeted so low that Alberta’s Premier said Canada was practically giving it away

Wicked weather, including heavy snow, rainfall, hammers southern B.C.

Environment Canada has posted winter storm warnings for the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 3

Caretaker jailed, must pay back money after stealing $260K from elderly B.C. couple

Antonette Dizon, now 50, had been hired to provide extra care for Henry and Helen Abfalter

Retailers feel the squeeze of their generous return policies

Technology data tracking can clamp down on fraudulent abuse

Most Read