On the run

Breast can­cer fundraiser slated for Septem­ber

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Brenda’s Breast Bud­dies sign the wall of hope at the 2017 CIBC Run for Cure in Tren­ton.

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