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CIBC Run for the Cure coming in October

Organizers are expecting the run to raise $60,000 for breast cancer research and treatment
CIBC run for the cure
Maria Cabral, (left) Malissa Irvine, and Bonnie Tittaferrante at the Canadian Cancer Society. (Michael Charlebois, tbnewswatch)

THUNDER BAY - Thunder Bay’s largest event in support of breast cancer is coming back for a 23rd year.

The CIBC Run for the Cure will be held Oct. 6 at Fort William Stadium, with all proceeds going towards breast cancer research and treatment.

The run is the second-biggest event for the Canadian Cancer Society Northwest, who is the recipient of all funds.

“It’s incredible. How people just don’t let it settle when it touches their lives, how they rally and get together and give back,” said Maria Cabral, regional manager of Canadian Cancer Society Northwest.

The CIBC Run for the Cure has raised more than $3.2 million. This year’s goal is to raise more than $60,000.

Funds from the run go towards programs and services such as the wigs and turbans room for chemotherapy patients, breast prosthetic programs, and Bra Day - a breast reconstruction awareness day in October.

“A lot of our teams come from someone who is going through breast cancer, and it's their friends and family that come out and support it, so it seems to be a really great family and friends event,” said run director Bonnie Tittaferrante.

This year’s run will feature a pink-themed vendor’s alley which gives participants the opportunity to purchase food, and check out various bake sales, and craft shops.

“It’s to give the participants something else to do, and to promote some local vendors in Thunder Bay,” Tittaferrante said. 

Participants can register up until race day on Oct. 6, which can be made by visiting the run website.

The run begins at 8:30 a.m.

Michael Charlebois

About the Author: Michael Charlebois

Michael Charlebois was born and raised in Thunder Bay, where he attended St. Patrick High School and graduated in 2015. He attends Carleton University in Ottawa where he studies journalism.
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