Wearing pink they battle breast cancer

Several thousand Okanagan residents hit the ground running Sunday morning for the annual CIBC Run for the Cure.

The final tally saw 1,301 registered runners along with friends and family taking on the one or five kilometre run and/or walk.

In total the Kelowna event raised $177,239 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

A successful year but down from last year’s numbers that saw 1,647 registered runners and $306,226 fundraised.

The top ‘Family a Friends’ team was a resounding success.  Teece’s Troupers were boisterous, loud and proud backing a family member battling the disease and bringing in $10,221 alone.

One stand out from that team, Jennifer Moffat, raised the most of any individual at Sunday’s event bringing in $4,125 all on her own.

City Park was covered in pink, support, smiles and determination.

The park and downtown Kelowna was pink in every corner, from pink shoes, pink shirts, pink hair, pink flags and even dogs donning the fighting colour.

The whole event was wrapped up by an emotional and inspirational ‘Survivor Parade and Tribute.’

The survivors recognized by wearing the entirely pink shirts were applauded and celebrated for conquering the terrible disease.

Each survivor walked across the stage receiving a flower from run organizers and applauded by the crowd of several hundred.

The 22nd Annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day event in support of breast cancer research, education and advocacy programs.

Hundreds of thousands of people all across Canada joined Kelowna in their own city's runs.

According to the foundation one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

In 2012, an estimated 23,800 women in Canada will be diagnosed and an estimated 5,000 will die from it.

The five-year survival rate for Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer is 88 percent, up from 79 percent in 1986.

Here in BC, there is a 91.8 per cent survival rate, the highest in Canada.

All of the proceeds raised at Sunday’s event will remain in BC.  Runs took place in Abbotsford, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Prince George, Surrey, Vernon, Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna.

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