About ten years ago I decided to put together a team and sign us up for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. It was a lot of work – recruiting team members, fund raising, helping my team members raise money, picking up everyone’s run kits and getting them delivered before the big day, making sure everyone knew where and when to meet, scheduling our team picture, etc…. For somebody like me that kind of work is gratifying, not just because it is for a good cause (and it’s a great cause) but because planning and organizing are skills I have in abundance.
So, on that very crisp October morning, our donations were handed in, our run day shirts were on, our photos done and I finally was able to just relax and take it all in. I have to tell you it is a magical event. If you’ve participated before you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t – well I’m not sure that I can accurately and completely put into words what the atmosphere is like on that day. You are just one person in a sea of thousands yet you feel connected to everyone there. The energy is exhilarating. Almost everyone there has been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. People are running and walking for their mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, friends. So many people have lost ones they love to breast cancer. However, there are also the survivors, and you can identify them by their pink shirts (the rest of us wear white shirts).
It’s now a decade later. Most of my original team has dispersed (although many of them still do the walk/run where ever they live now). It’s actually been several years since I formally put a team together. However, I still sign up every year and eagerly await run (of walk for me) day! I’ve walked through snow, rain and gale force winds – you just have no idea what the weather is going to be like at that time of year. It doesn’t really matter. Each year the event gets bigger and bigger and I inhale that energy like it’s a drug.
|My daughter at her first Run for the Cure two years ago|
This year the event takes place on September 30th (hoping this nice weather hold out!). If you want to sign up for the run, make a donation, or just find out more information, head on over to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure website!
Do you do the Run for the Cure? Who are you running/walking for?