On Sunday October 6th, Team IBISKA defied the freezing morning air and the threatening rain to join hundreds of Ottawa residents participating in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure. Armed with cotton-candy wigs, pink face paint, ballerina tutus, flashy legwarmers, rosy fairy wings, encumbering wedding dresses and even full-body zenta suits, these warriors assembled in the early hours of the day.
The IBISKA team of 7 runners blended into the crowd, many of which had lovingly written the names of their family members and friends affected by breast cancer: ‘For Mom’, ‘For Auntie’, while others ran simply for their ‘Future Daughters and Grand-Daughters’ for ‘All of Us’, or ‘For All Boobies!’
A great range of animated and lively people participated, supporting one another with peppy and encouraging attitudes. Folks of all ages could be seen, young babies in pushchairs, elementary school children running like pros, elderly men and women walking with canes and strollers, and even dogs, wearing princess ball gowns, enjoyed the exercise.
The IBISKA runners crossed the finish line with pride having exceeded their fundraising goal with $1,543.00 raised to support breast cancer research and to increase awareness.
The team was reminded that though breast cancer is still a serious issue and the battle for a cure is far from over, the road behind them is paved with successes. Thanks to thousands of enthusiastic and eccentric fundraisers like them, breast cancer prevention and treatment in the last years has greatly improved with the best survival rates ever recorded.
Team IBISKA promises to return next year for another great experience.
Congratulations to our runners especially to Diana for organizing this year’s team!