Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Running for a Cure: This Mama's Journey - Part 1

I'm doing something new and I'm really excited about it. For the first time ever I am participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday October 6, 2013.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Sunday October 6, 2013
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There are two main reasons I'm participating this year:
  1. I have two friends (early 40's) who have been diagnosed and fought hard battles in the last two years. I am proud to say they are both SURVIVORS!
  2. I am a woman and I have a daughter. Over 23,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Canada. I want that number to change.  I want my daughter to grow up without the fear of breast cancer.
Now I'm not really a runner (my treadmill that gathers dust will tell you that story) but I made a pact to myself to make time for exercise when the kids went back to school.  A charity run at the beginning of October seemed like the perfect motivation to get me started.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Healthy Living Reduces Cancer Risk
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Once I decided to do the run enthusiasm took over and I decided to start a team. It seemed to me that training, fundraising and running would be a lot more fun with friends.  So now, not only am I running, I'm team captain of Run DMC!

What makes me most proud is that my family is getting excited along with me.  They've signed up to be on my team and some of their friends have too!  I love that the "run" is actually a choice between a 1 km walk or a 5 km run.  Our plan is to have the dads and kids walk the 1 km while the moms and friends run the 5 km.  We are excited to do it together as a family and it has opened the door to communication, questions and important discussions!

We've started our fundraising and we've started our training.  More on those topics to come soon.  But in the meantime I am going to push myself out of my comfort zone, prepare for the run, lead a team of friends and family and hopefully inspire others to get involved, get information, and get off the couch! 

CIBC Run for the Cure
Image courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen Newspaper

There are so many ways for you to get involved.  You can volunteer to help out. You can register to participate or you can donate towards a participant's goal (here's my donation page - hint, hint).  Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.

Image courtesy of Beutiful Magazine

The great thing about the CIBC Run for the Cure is that you don't need to be an athlete nor do you need to be super fit (goodness knows I'm not). All you need is the desire to bring awareness to this deadly disease and to get involved.  Did you know that breast cancer will affect 1 in 9 Canadian women during their lifetime?  Scary! 

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Sun Newspaper

If you want to participate but you don't want to do it alone, join my team!  Together we can help change these statistics.  This is my first CIBC Run for the Cure, it is my first organized run at all. I'm nervous but I'm excited. I hope you'll continue to join me on my journey!  

This post was generously sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but the opinions are my own.  For more information visit  


  1. Congrats on signing up for the run and leading a team! I've always wanted to participate in a run (cancer runs in my family) and didn't realize there was a walking option. I am not a runner by any means but walking I can definitely do!

    I'll be following you on your journey and who knows I might actually bite the bullet this year and sign up for the walk!!!

    1. I think the walk is not known to many. If you do decide to bite the bullet, join our team. I'd love to share this journey with you!

  2. Great work supporting a cause that is so important to me. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago and finished her last treatment when my boys were 6 months old. She is in remission right now but I fear the day the cancer returns.
    The remarkable fundraising that happens through events like Run For the Cure are truly what makes a difference.

    Can't wait to hear about your experience.

  3. Thank you for supporting a cause so close to me and my family. It will be a life-changing experience for you and the kids.

  4. It's a great event, one that I have run many times. It's packed with people all out for the same reason. Have fun and enjoy the experience.


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