Monday, October 7, 2013

I'm glad I got "that" off my chest!

Yesterday my family joined hundreds of  thousands of others across Canada for the CIBC Run for the Cure to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.  The impact of being in a place where thousands of people have gathered for one purpose is awesome.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Toronto

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.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Team Names and Costumes

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.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Team Run DMC

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.

CIBC Run for the Cure

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.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Team Run DMC Donations

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.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Rainbow Loom Party

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!

CIBC Run for the Cure - Team Run DMC Fundraising for the Cure

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


  1. Awesome Susannah! It is amazing what happens when people come together for a great cause. So great to hear about your family's experience. And, your kids already have caught the fundraising bug! Just think of what they will do in their lifetime. xo LOVE.

  2. Congrats to you and your family for completing the walk (in the rain!) and surpassing your fundraising goals. I've loved reading about your family's experience and have already decided that next year my family will be participating in the run. Now to start training! :)

  3. What a remarkable experience and accomplishment for your family. My family has really loved being a part of Run For the Cure. My mom has breast cancer and it truly is such a horrible disease. I pray we can find a cure soon.

  4. What an amazing accomplishment - you must be so proud of your family and your team. I've been volunteering for years and it's such a high when the event is done. Congrats.

  5. Sounds like you had a great time supporting a great cause. My family recently did a walk for Parkinson's. We had a great time and even won a spirit award for our team called "The Jitter Bugs".

  6. congrats to you and your family in supporting such a great cause! =)

  7. That is awesome!! What a great thing for your family to do. I wish we had events like this in my area to participate in.

  8. Congratulations! When my daughter is a little older I would love to do something like this with her.

  9. Nice! It's great to get the kids involved. I remember joining Run for the cure when the kids were small. Definitely should be doing it again.

  10. A friend of mine did this same run! My wife had a tumour in her breast so we are big supporters!

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  11. Great job! I've always wanted to do this run, but I think I'll have to wait until the babies are a bit older.

  12. I have always wanted to do something like this with my family! Thank you for sharing, it has inspired me to get up off my butt and actually get it done myself.


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