On the run
Breast cancer fundraiser slated for September
Funds, awareness will be raised during an annual event on Sept. 30 in Trenton.
The sixth annual CIBC Run for a Cure is set to take place at the end of September.
The Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. It’s a national movement that brings Canadians together in support of friends, family and loved ones who experience breast cancer.
This year, the 1km/5km Run (or walk) will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Trenton Park (119 Park Rd., Trenton). Nationally, the event will bring together nearly 100,000 Changemakers in 55 other communities across Canada who will fundraise, donate, walk and run to change the future of breast cancer.
In 2017, Pictou County raised more than $30,000 with 165 participants. Since 2013, Pictou County has raised more than $200,000 for the CIBC Run for the Cure, funding the most promising breast cancer research in Canada and the leading Canadian breast cancer patient support network, as well as countless local health education, awareness and advocacy programs.
To get involved in the run and be a changemaker in Pictou County, participants can visit www.CIBCRunfortheCure.com to register. People can also sign up to volunteer with the website (also on the website or by contacting PictouCountyRunVol@ccscloud.org).
Important things to know about the day of the event:
■ There will be an early Tshirt pickup pre-event on Friday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sobeys Aberdeen Community Room (610 E. River Rd., New Glasgow) for all registered participants/teams to get their event shirts prior to Run Day.
■ On Sunday, Sept. 30, at Trenton Park, registration opens at 8 a.m. with the opening ceremonies beginning at 9:20 a.m. The start of the 1km/5km Run will be 10 a.m. with closing and awards ceremonies taking place immediately after at 11 a.m.
The 5km route is through the wooded trail system at Trenton Park, so all participants should wear appropriate footwear for the terrain. Strollers should be equipped to handle the terrain as well. Wheelchairs will be directed through the 1km route around the pond at Trenton Park.
There will be a “Pink Your Pooch” contest and participants are encouraged to bring their leashed dogs dressed to impress on run day (think: pink bandanas, dog shirts, tutu’s, pet-friendly fur dye, etc.). The pinkest dog and first runner-up will be awarded a special prize during opening ceremonies.
■ Breast cancer survivors are asked to check-in at the Pink Survivor Tent at 9 a.m. to participate in the survivor parade as part of opening ceremonies (as well as to add a ballot to the survivor draw, read the survivor stories displayed on the wall, and receive valuable support information from the Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivor Support Society).
■ Sobeys will be providing a snack of fresh fruit and water to all participants at the food tent. Visit Team CIBC and the Canadian Cancer Society booths for more information on the event and support services offered. Visit the WALL OF HOPE on site on run day to leave a special message.
■ Sign up online at www.CIBCRunfortheCure.com to participate as an individual, create a team or volunteer, or register offline locally at the Provost Street branch of the CIBC Bank or signup at the registration station (opens at 8 a.m.) on site at Trenton Park on run day.
Brenda’s Breast Buddies sign the wall of hope at the 2017 CIBC Run for Cure in Trenton.