United from coast-to-coast for a cure

22 July 2019

support the Metastatic Breast Cancer Run Team

It all started with a Facebook group and what Heather Douglas calls a “lightbulb moment.” From there, the CIBC Run for the Cure’s metastatic breast cancer (MBC) multisite team was born.

Today, the team participates in the Run at sites from coast-to-coast and has raised more than $310,000 to date.

“Our multi-site Run team means that people who support the MBC cause can do so from anywhere in Canada, on a team of any size,” says Heather, who is currently living with MBC.

MBC means that breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Treatments cannot completely cure metastatic breast cancer. Because we don’t yet fully understand why breast cancer spreads, investing in this type of breast cancer research is very important.

All funds raised by the MBC multi-site Run team are invested in ground-breaking MBC research.

Across the country, site captains of the MBC team have different stories and backgrounds but say they are united by the need to raise awareness of MBC as well as the sense of camaraderie and community.

“Awareness and education about MBC is extremely important for the general public,” says MBC team captain for Richmond Hill/Markham’s Run site, Karima Jessani. “We must fund more research to hopefully eradicate cancer one day or make MBC a disease that patients can live longer with.”

The MBC Run team is supported across the country by women who are living with MBC themselves, but also family members and friends.

“I have been living and thriving with MBC for 7 years,” explains Jordana Buchan, Regina’s MBC captain. “This team is crucially important for me to raise money that will hopefully keep me alive for longer, and to honour the memory of all my dear friends who passed despite their immense determination and positivity.”

Over the last 5 years, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has invested $24.3 million into metastatic breast cancer research, but there’s still so much more that needs to be done.

You can support the Metastatic Breast Cancer Run Team by donating or joining. You can also start up your own metastatic-specific Run team by including “Metastatic Breast Cancer” at the beginning of your team name when you register. Visit cibcrunforthecure.com for more information.