A Sunday with the Bras and Bros
On Sunday, October 5, 26 Queen’s Law students participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure. The Run is the largest single-day community-driven national event in support of creating a future without breast cancer. These 26 students, nicknamed the “Bras and Bros”, were led by the Queen’s Law Cancer Society (QLCS), and had a fundraising goal of $1,500. The QLCS not only achieved their goal but quadrupled it, raising $6,100 to support breast cancer research. The money will go a long way towards the QLCS’ overall fundraising goal of $10,000 for the year.
“There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the faces of beautiful women who have been impacted by cancer research walking side-by-side with us on the day of the Run,” Whitney Abrams, QLCS Co-President said. “It makes the experience real.”
Overall Kingston’s Run for the Cure raised $243,000. This year’s event hosted 75 teams consisting of more than 1,500 people. Nation-wide this year’s events had more than 127,000 participants who raised more than $25 million.
According to the Run for the Cure website, the “dollars raised through the CIBC Run for the Cure help fund innovative research, health education, and advocacy programs that aim to reduce the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer…” This is important considering the fact that one in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
While some runners participated to raise money for breast cancer research, many ran in support of friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours.
Jacqueline O’Rourke, a Queen’s student,who participated with the Queen’s Run Club, ran for her mother. “[My mom] found out about the CIBC Run for the Cure and every year since [we have participated] as a family. She’s now been cancer-free for over 10 years.”
Another Queen’s student, Gillian Marvel, also runs for her family. “I have participated in the Run for the Cure for as long as I can remember.”
“Over 70 volunteers run the Kingston event” said Diane Sabourin, Volunteer Run Director for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Diane volunteers her time for the Run in support of her late sister, Marguerite Kuiack, who passed away from breast cancer.
One of the oldest participants in the Kingston Run for the Cure was Lewina Hendler. Lewina takes part in the event for her late daughter Sue Hendler, a Queen’s professor who succumbed to breast cancer in September 2009. Every year Lewina travels from Montreal to participate in the Kingston event in memory of her daughter. What is remarkable about Lewina’s participation is that she does the entire 5K with a walker, leaving an hour before the Run officially starts in order to make it back in time for the closing ceremonies. The best part about it? According to Sabourin, Hendler always finishes the Run with a smile on her face.
Mary Hayhow (1L) is a contributor to Juris Diction.
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