Breast cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Southcentre Mall Saturday morning for the 2015 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
Runners and walkers joined 60 communities across the country for the largest single-day fundraising event in support of finding a cure for the disease.
Survivors wore pink as the runners took off just after 9 a.m. in Calgary.
‘Group Gold’ was one of the teams of runners this year, made up of nurses from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
They were running in support of a fellow nurse who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer earlier this year. Donna Nguyen is a 35-year-old mother of two young children. The oncocology nurse is now undergoing chemotherapy at the place she usually calls work.
“We’re used to seeing her every day taking care of people,” says coworker Karlene Phillips. “Now she’s coming in to the treatment area to be cared for by us. So it’s hit everybody really, really hard.”
Breast Cancer Foundation says the run helps fund research, health education and improvements in early detection.
According to the foundation, since its peak in 1986, breast cancer related deaths have decreased by 43 per cent.