This weekend was the CIBC Run for the Cure. It is an annual 5 k run that takes place in many cities around the world. It’s goal is to raise money for breast cancer research in the areas of prevention and treatment.
Breast cancer can affect 1 in 9 women in the US and Canada. Most people know at least one person that has had their life affected by breast cancer. It’s our moms, sisters, neighbours, grandmothers, friends.
The run had a special place to me as well because of the two people in this photo. Not only has Anna been affected by breast cancer, her story was a huge motivator for me to start the Boomers programming and my doctoral studies. She was able to take part in the walk this year (and last year) with no problem with the hills, stairs, and extra mileage she put in. She was only supposed to do the 1 km. Joey too has shown incredible strength progress. He squats 100 lbs! Who said that you can’t get stronger in your 70s.
Many of these charity runs are not for the disease. They’re for the people. A sign of support and solidarity that just happens to go to a good cause. The people near and dear to you can take serious illness in a variety of ways. Initiatives like this can be an unseen hand on the shoulder that shows that you support them and you’re there for them. Everyone needs those people in their lives whether they admit to that or not.
So we ran. 5 kilometres. Then we ate.
It was glorious.
I hope you had just as wonderful a Sunday as I did!
Just my ramblings,