Think Pink!

It’s almost October, which means that it’s about time to pull the pink out of your closet.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is marked by numerous charities and events to help raise awareness and funds to find a cure for cancer. ribbon

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Canada and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is working hard to beat it.  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation raises funds through events from charity runs to cook-off’s, for numerous projects that emphasize improving diagnostic techniques, promoting early screenings, developing more effective treatments and helping families currently dealing with breast cancer.

One of the annual events which we see every year, and which is crucial to raising funds for the foundation, is Run for the Cure: a 5 km or 1 km run or walk.  The run originated in Toronto in 1992 and has since expanded across Canada.

Since its first year in Toronto the event has grown exponentially and last year in 2010 more than 170,000 supporters raised over $33 million dollars.  This event is the largest single day fundraiser for breast cancer research, education and awareness.

October 2nd is the date of the run this year and volunteers are still needed in Vancouver and other locations! You can help this historic cause by donating your time and cheering on all the runners giving it their all.  Some of the positions still looking to be filled include: bike captain, car marshall, spirit squad, coffee tent team, information rover, and zone captain.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation began in 1986, making this year its 25th anniversary.  It’s sure to be a major cause for celebration, so wear your pink ribbon proudly and find a way to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

By Rya Kobewka