CIBC Run for the Cure participants Kerry Campbell, left, Darilyn Keene and Rebekah Kenway warm up prior to the start of the run-walk fundraiser Sunday at Beban Park. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Run for the Cure shows Nanaimo’s will to battle breast cancer

CIBC Run for the Cure was held Sunday, Sept. 30 at Beban Park

Hundreds of community members came out in a show of strength against breast cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s CIBC Run for the Cure took place Sunday morning, Sept. 30, at Beban Park’s Gyro Youth Sports Fields.

Walkers and joggers, many clad in pink, completed a one-kilometre or five-kilometre route in and around the park.

The keynote speech was delivered this year by survivor Laura Harrison, who thanked people for taking part, for raising money for breast cancer research and programs, and for the “magnificent optimism” they showed.

“As I look around at all of the faces of the volunteers, the organizers, the generous sponsors, fellow survivors, supporters, friends and family, I am filled with gratitude to be standing here with you,” she said. “I can feel the love of those who were not so fortunate in the fight and their encouraging presence surrounds us and urges us to continue with our efforts. I know that the promise of a cure is on the horizon.”

This year’s run-walk was the 20th annual locally, and Nanaimo was the furthest west run location of 56 that happened across the country Sunday morning.

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