As I have mentioned on social media, I have decided to participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure this year on Sunday, October 5, 2014.
Who will I be running for? Over the last several years, I have dear friends step into their power to reclaim their overall health from breast cancer. Watching their journeys inspired me in a way I didn’t think was possible. Each woman shared her experiences on social media, the post’s becoming her digital diary: from the announcement of their diagnoses, to sharing posts of encouragement, pictures of their families’ support, fundraisers, even getting tattoos as a symbol of strength and unity. What I observed was a new found strength and faith I didn’t ‘see” in my friend before. Each woman, standing tall like a pillar, for not only herself, but for those around her. Inspiring like no celebrity could ever match. I am running for my friends.
Recently, breast cancer impacted my family life. After I made the decision to get involved in the CIBC Run for the Cure, my own cousin received her diagnoses. A young mom of three children, a teacher, a wife and friend of many. She has undergone a double mastectomy, and in the process of her chemotherapy treatments. There are days where she lights up all of social media in her bright pink wig that matches her radiant smile and there are other days she shares she is having a ‘pity party.”. I am running for my dear cousin, Amanda.
One in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime, Together, we can raise awareness and education on healthy living, the importance of regular breast cancer screening and examinations, and support for women in our community. I am running for awareness.
My daughter, Arden, is 10 years old and will be participating with me, in honor of our cousin and her children. I never want my daughter to hear the word breast cancer when she visits the doctor. I am running for my daughter.
Please consider joining my PINK DREAM team: October 5, 2014 at the Toronto Zoo. To register click HERE.
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In good health,