Cancer re­search

Fight Like a Girl run for breast cancer set to go Sun­day

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DIANE CROCKER dcrocker@thewest­ern­star.com Twitter: WS_DianeCrocker

When Erica Sum­mers first learned of the Fight Like a Girl run, the Cor­ner Brook res­i­dent was moved to ac­tion. The run is tak­ing place in Fort Lan­g­ley, B.C., this Sun­day, but it also has a vir­tual com­po­nent that en­ables peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate no mat­ter where they are.

When Erica Sum­mers first learned of the Fight Like a Girl run, the Cor­ner Brook res­i­dent was moved to ac­tion.

“This event re­ally spoke to me,” she said of the run, an ini­tia­tive of the Bri­tish Columbi­abased Run Like a Girl Ad­ven­ture Inc., in sup­port of the Cana­dian Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion.

The run is tak­ing place in Fort Lan­g­ley, B.C., this Sun­day, but it also has a vir­tual com­po­nent that en­ables peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate no mat­ter where they are.

Sum­mers has been run­ning for about five years. For her it started as a chal­lenge to run the Tely 10 and af­ter that she was hooked.

She’s part of a lo­cal group known as the Hum­ber River Run­ners that does reg­u­lar group runs a cou­ple of times a week. The group has 143 mem­bers — men and women of all ages and all fit­ness lev­els — who all love to run.

“The fit­ness as­pect is fan­tas­tic, but the peo­ple you meet along the way def­i­nitely kind of makes it for me,” said Sum­mers. “I’ve met so many great peo­ple and some of the other run­ners I’ve met are some of my best friends.

“We truly en­joy get­ting out whether it’s late in the evening, early in the morn­ing, rain, snow, sunshine and just to hang out, just run to­gether, just chat.”

So, want­ing to get in­volved in the Fight Like a Girl Run, she thought what bet­ter group to reach out to than her run­ning friends?

About of dozen mem­bers of the group will com­plete a 5-K or 10-K run on Sun­day morn­ing and few more will run later in the day. The plan is to start at 9 a.m. and leave from the area of the Mar­ble Moun­tain park­ing lot and run along Mar­ble Drive in Steady Brook.

Sum­mers said there are a lot of types of cancer and ev­ery­body knows some­one di­rectly or in­di­rectly af­fected by the dis­ease.

She said par­tic­i­pat­ing in the run is a great way to get out and raise funds for re­search. “And put some money to­wards find­ing a cure for just one of those types of cancer.”

The group will con­trib­ute through regis­tra­tion fees and the col­lec­tion of spon­sors.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

Erica Sum­mers poses for pic­ture as she laces up her sneak­ers. Sum­mers and some mem­bers of the Hum­ber River Run­ners will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Fight Like a Girl run in aid of the Cana­dian Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion on Sun­day.

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