Being a scout gives you opportunity to participate in wonderful events and ability to give back to the community, such as the CIBC Run for the Cure. This 1km or 5 km walk or run raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. It is the largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada in support of the breast cancer cause.
My personal connection with cancer and desire to improve cancer research is that two of my grandparents have been affected by cancer and are still battling it today, after 5 years. Cancer – something that sounds simple, but is very layered in reality. We have had hard family conversations about cancer, tears and laughter, as we celebrate small victories.
For an immense number of people the experience was real – 2,000 people were registered to run in the event. As a volunteer with my 4th Sackville Troop, the day was filled by volunteers making sure the event was a success! We put out chairs for those who needed them, picked up items (pink feathers & boas) along the course, held up signs to identify different length courses and clapping & cheering on runners as they cross the finish line. This was a task I really enjoyed, as I am supportive person by nature. Encouraging those to finish the race and acknowledge those raising funds for what is right now affecting so many Canadians. Experiencing it first hand was incredible. Even the city mayor was present and supported his community and members who are affected by cancer.
All of the money raised went towards the Canadian Cancer Society Research. In total today, October 6th, 2019 in Halifax, NS, the CIBC Run for the Cure 2019 raised $350,000.