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Running to beat breast cancer

Running to beat breast cancer

The CIBC Run for the Cure to aid the Canadian Cancer Society was held on Sunday in several Quebec cities, including Quebec City, Montreal, Saguenay and Val d’Or.

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“It’s a race that exists to do big fundraising specifically for breast cancer, so go and support the most promising breast cancer research, and then also support people affected by breast cancer,” explains Caroline Tremblay, a volunteer. Race Director, Community Engagement Component.

Pandemic requires, the event is taking place for the second year in a row in a mixed format, online and in-person.

However, people were able to participate in the race personally, as meeting points were set up in various cities. In Val Bellaire, dozens of runners showed up sporadically on Sunday morning.

In the Quebec City region, $125,000 was raised thanks to the participation of 300 runners divided into 44 teams. In particular, the participants had to run short distances, either 1 km or 5 km.

“We have exceeded expectations in a somewhat unbelievable way,” Ms Tremblay said. “In fact, we are the third city in Canada in 57 races that have exceeded expectations the most.”

In all, more than 20,000 participants from all over the country gathered for the day at the various relay points.

More than $9 million has been raised for the cause of breast cancer and will be invested in research projects.

One in eight Canadians will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, mostly women, but also men.

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“I’ve had a lot in 2018 in treatments because I’ve had total chemo, surgery, radiotherapy, and other treatments as well, and after that, it’s never over, there’s always a fight,” said Judith. Rodrigue, a breast cancer survivor. “I really want to be involved in this,” she said.

“The impact we’ve had in the past 30 years is undeniable. Since its peak in 1986, breast cancer mortality among women has almost halved. This decline is in large part due to advances in research, which have improved early detection of breast cancer. and its treatment.”

Every day, more than 75 people across the country are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the most common form of cancer among women across the country.

Lawrence Galbert, Chantal Kriazuk and Tenomy Banks also performed at the opening ceremony.