Ottawa’s CIBC Run For the Cure

Sep 03, 2018
Ashley Ann Lawrie

At the end of September an incredible event will be held to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research. The CIBC Run for the Cure event is a leading fundraiser in Canada that brings people together from all over the country to help raise money for life-saving research that hopes to find a cure for breast cancer.

In Canada, breast cancer is the number one diagnosed cancer for women, with 26,300 new diagnoses and 5,000 deaths from it by the end of the year (2017 stat). With statistics like these, nowadays it seems as though everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. This is why Free Form Fitness believes it is very important to support this cause by registering our own team. All members are welcome to join the team and we will have shirts on sale for $20 at all of our locations to help our team raise money for this amazing cause.

To get everyone excited about the event we want to give you some background on the event, the cause you will be supporting, and how you can help!

CIBC Run For The Cure Story

The run began right here in our province of Ontario when a group of volunteers got together at High Park in Toronto. This first group of around 1500 people were able to raise $85,000 for breast cancer research. CIBC joined this movement in 1997 and the run has since then become the largest single day, volunteer-run event to raise awareness for breast cancer research in Canada. What started as 1500 volunteers in a park has turned into an event with over 10,000 participants raising over 17 million dollars a year!

Who does this support?

Above all else, participating in this event will support all of the women who have been and who will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The funds are put towards the most promising research projects that are looking for innovative ways to treat and cure breast cancer.

CIBC Run for the Cure has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society to ensure the money goes to the best recipients possible. To learn more about the Canadian Cancer Society, here is a short video on who they are and what they are working towards.


How Can You Help?

The CIBC Run for the Cure will be happening on September 30th. Throughout the month of September, Free Form Fitness will be selling special edition FFF t-shirts for $20. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will be added to our team’s fundraising efforts.

If you would like to participate in the run, you can register with the Free Form Fitness team by following this link: http://www.supportcbcf.com/goto/freeformfitness

Taking care of our community is what we at Free Form Fitness are all about. We want to thank everyone in advance for showing their support and helping us raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause.

For more information on the CIBC run for the cure and breast cancer, here are a few helpful links:

Post-Cancer Wellness Plan

CIBC Run for the Cure

Health Canada’s Info Page on Breast Cancer

Canadian Statistics on Cancer (Breast cancer on page 21)


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