Raising $31,000 In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Posted by Jesse Willms on October 05, 2010

This Sunday I was very proud to be part of the Canadian community. Why, you may ask? I’ll tell you – it’s because I was part of over 170,000 people across Canada who came out to participate for the annual Run For The Cure to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

I want to thank each and every person who participated in these events in every major Canadian city on Sunday. You make us all proud – because you show just how dedicated our community is to helping others.

I was part of a team in Edmonton that helped raise $31,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. That money, like all of the funds raised across the country, will go to help the Foundation fund breast cancer research for prevention, awareness and hopefully eventually a cure.

The fact that so many people took time off from their weekends to participate in this annual event shows just how much breast cancer awareness has increased in recent years. It also shows just how much our community cares about our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. I truly believe that by working together, we can help make breast cancer a distant memory.

The sheer number of people involved in the event attracted the attention of the media, which means that even more time and money will be given to the Foundation in the days and weeks ahead. This means that the Foundation will continue to not only help the women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer but will be there for the 23,000 women in Canada who will be diagnosed with the disease this year.

Everyone who was at the event did something important for their community and should feel proud.

Not all of us can give money directly – times are tight. But we can always find a way to donate our time and energy. Simply making other people aware of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation goes a long way toward fighting this disease.

At the end of the run I was asked to speak to the Edmonton participants. I was hesitant to do so, because I’m far from a polished public speaker. But, when I got up in front of that microphone I was glad to do so. I had one simple message for everyone who was there: “Thank you. We are all doing the right thing!”

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UPDATE! (Nov 24, 2010)

Our Run for the Cure team won some awards!  One of them was for top fundraising Friends & Family Team, and the other is for top fundraising participant.  Exciting!

jesse willms - run for the cure awards

jesse willms - run for the cure awards

jesse willms - run for the cure awards

jesse willms - run for the cure awards