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The cold rain mixed with a bitter wind blew down on pink-clad supporters. Despite grey skies and seagulls overhead discouraging participants, they ran and walked for their loved ones and others who couldn’t.
The CIBC Run for the Cure has been a beacon to all who hope for a cure for cancer, especially breast cancer. On Oct. 2 at the Grantham Lions Club on Niagara Street in St. Catharines, the participants set out to make a difference.
Pink was everywhere, with even the portable toilets sporting the colour.
Dave Johnson, CIBC branch manager from Ridgeway, Ont., wagered his employees if they raised enough money he would dye his hair pink. They won.
A poster of former CIBC employee Irene Ragats was put inside The Frosted Cupcake’s tent honouring her memory. Ragats, was loved by her co-workers and friends. Terry McKinnon and Helen Singer, who knew Ragats from work, said they miss her very much and thought the cupcake table was suitable since she always loved celebrations.
Kathy Konings is dealing with cancer. She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2010. The doctor said she had two months to live, but she is still fighting. Before she was diagnosed, Konings worked in home care taking care of people with cancer. She never thought she would get it. Konings will be a grandmother in January and she will fight through to be one.
Brian McMullan, mayor of St. Catharines, said it’s important for the community to join together to battle cancer.
“Cancer doesn’t take a break and neither should we.”
McMullan’s sister-in-law, Heather McMullan, died of cancer in August 2009.
Barb Budarick, chair of the board of directors for CBCF, said with cancer there aren’t six degrees of separation, only one. Budarick’s mother-in-law died of cancer in 1997. She misses her every day, she said. She added the CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day volunteer-lead fundraising activity in Canada.
Jack Peets, from 105.7 EZ Rock, said nothing is going to stop people from coming out. He said he hopes to see a cure, but “until that day comes, we’ll just keep on fighting.” Peets added everyone has a story about cancer and loved ones. His wife, Laurie, went through a fight with throat cancer when she was diagnosed in August 2010.
Laurie Love, also from 105.7 EZ Rock, said it’s key to get money for research so the cure can be found. She said it is scary to be in an age group where her close friends are being diagnosed. Five of her friends were diagnosed, three are survivors and two are still battling.
“I think anybody who wears a bra thinks about it.”
It was Laurie’s 10th year going to the Run for the Cure.
As the event closed, Jim and Janis Prevost, from Race Kit Event Services Inc., hoisted the finish line, ending another run for the cure for cancer.
For more information on breast cancer and the CBCF, visit www.cbcf.org.