In 1969 my Mother lost her battle with breast cancer.
In 1992 I survived breast cancer.
In 2004 my Sister survived breast cancer.
In 2009 my Cousin – In – Law survived breast cancer.
These are some of the personal reasons I walk in the CIBC Run For The Cure .
I walk in Barrie, ON because that is where my survivor Sister started our team “Busom Buddies”
and because my Sister who lives in Angus is also part of that team. Each member of our team is either a survivor or has lost someone to breast cancer. There are a lot of teams in the Barrie run. There are a lot of groups in the Barrie run. There are a lot of people who participate in the Barrie run. The numbers rise no matter what the weather. So does the amount raised.
This year, on Oct. 3rd, I woke up to temperatures below 5 degrees and pouring rain in Oakville. I thought of one of my friends who sponsors me, Tim, who’s last comment to me the day before was, “I sure hope the weather gets better for you”. Apparently Tim has an in with Mother Nature because as I drove towards Barrie, the rain cleared and the sun shone. It was a beautiful day.
The people of Barrie take their Run for the Cure very seriously. Women & men of all ages, children, babies and dogs (lots of dogs) participate.
There is a lot of competition for running, for raising money and for the wackiest “pink” costume. This year was a first for the Barrie Fire Department. Starfield Lion manufacturers of high-performance safety clothing for firefighters, police, and other emergency responders donated Pink fire fighter gear for the lads to walk in. These men, who most already consider to be heroes, proudly donned their pink garb and strutted their stuff the whole length of the course. Not an easy task. Their patience never wavered as they talked and laughed and posed for pictures with everyone who asked (pretty much everyone including yours truly).
Kudos to Starfield Lion and the Barrie Fire Department for caring about their community and doing something about it.
By now you have figured out, that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone can do something to help. My friend Marty Fawnkey deviated from his usual “business and marketing” blog post to share information that Dr. Aaron Tabor was giving away his book “Fight Now: Eat and live proactively against breast cancer” as a free digital download. An amazing number of young people volunteered to simply be posted along the route of the Run for the Cure in Barrie, to simply cheer on all the participants.
Everyone can do something. How about you? What are you doing? What’s happening in your community?