We woke up to rain - yes, rain! How could it rain on such an important day? After a quick mad dash to grab rain gear we were out the door. Nothing was going to curb our enthusiasm. The excitement for the kids began at the subway as they noticed other people coming down to the platform wearing the same shirt as them and it only intensified as we arrived at the run location and were surrounded by other participants decked out in team t-shirts, crazy outfits and lots of good cheer.
Originally the plan had been for me to run with some of the other Run DMC teammates and the kids to walk with my husband but a few days before the run we decided to walk as a family. We entered into this together and we wanted to see it through together.
So decked out in our Run DMC t-shirts, with our dedication badges on and pink pom poms in hand we embarked on our 1 km walk amidst survivors, their friends, their families and others like us who want to make a difference.
Although breast cancer isn't a light topic some of the team names were hilarious; Bibbity Bobbity Boobs, Simply the Breast, Helena's Honkers. I can only imagine my son's reaction in a few years when he gets the joke. I also loved the dedications, some heartwarming, others, like the one below - humorous. It was inspiring to see so many positive people out on a gloomy day to bring awareness to the fact that an estimated 23,800 women and 200 men in Canada will be diagnosed with the disease this year. From the participants, to the musicians, to the countless volunteers that made this run possible, it was a remarkable day.
For the last month we have fundraised together and brought awareness to our community and friends. My team went above and beyond my expectations raising over $2700 with another $200 on its way.
The kids especially got into the spirit of raising money. After hearing that they were selling homemade bracelets to raise money for the CIBC Run for the Cure they were invited to sell their bracelets at our local Jack Astor's restaurant on a Saturday night. To prepare we invited some of their friends for a bracelet making party. The kids all jumped at the chance to help out and together they made over 150 bracelets.
Jack Astor's generously threw in free kids' meals for anyone who bought 5 bracelets and a $75 gift card to be drawn from anyone who made a donation. It was a HUGE success. The kids managed to raise $450 in that one evening!
When my family registered about a month ago I really didn't know how much that decision would impact our lives. Now that we have done it once, we are ready to do it again. The kids have already begun to plan out our team outfits for next year and they are ready to train to run the 5 km. My mind has been blown by the generosity of our community and the way that we have been inspired and inspired others. It has been an amazing journey and one that continues. See you next year!
This post was generously sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but the opinions are my own. For more information visit www.runforthecure.com.