Participants brave wet weather at last year’s Run for the Cure event in Abbotsford. This year’s event runs on Oct. 6 at Mill Lake Park.

Run for the Cure returns to Abbotsford on Oct. 6

Annual fundraiser event for breast cancer set for Mill Lake Park

Across the country, Canadians are warming up for the 28th annual Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, happening this year in 57 locations, including Abbotsford, on Sunday, October 6.

The CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, support programs such as our Peer Match program, helpline, and breast cancer support group facilitator training. Since its inception, the Run has raised over $445 million for the breast cancer cause.

“Each year, the CIBC Run for the Cure unites a collective of Canadians who are a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer,” stated Andrea Seale, interim CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “With the support of that collective, we fund the best breast cancer research, provide the largest cancer support system in the country and act as a voice for Canadians, advocating for important social change.”

The Abbotsford event begins at 10 a.m. at Mill Lake Park. Last year’s event saw over 600 people take part. It’s the second straight year that the event is being held at Mill Lake Park, after many years of the run occurring at Rotary Stadium.

It’s because of the funds Canadians raise through the CIBC Run for the Cure that more information than ever is available about how to prevent, diagnose, treat and live with and beyond breast cancer, funds have also helped reduce the mortality rate by 44 per cent since its peak in the mid-1980s.

“You might ask why we’re still raising funds for the breast cancer cause, and while we’ve certainly made huge strides in breast cancer, every day, more than 70 Canadians will receive a diagnosis,” added Seale. “We must keep investing in the breast cancer cause so that more and more people can continue to survive their diagnoses and enjoy a better quality of life.”

Since the first event in Toronto back in 1992, the event has grown across the country and each year unites thousands of Canadians. Last year alone, events across the country raised an incredible $16 million.

Starting September 1, the minimum donation amount will increase to $45. To receive the early bird rate, register for the CIBC Run for the Cure by August 31. For more on the event or to register, visit cancer.ca.

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