Creating a future without breast cancer

CIBC employees, families and friends raised an estimated $3 million yesterday for the 28th annual Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure.

With a shared purpose to create a future without breast cancer, 15,000 members of Team CIBC proudly came together with thousands of Canadians, many of those impacted by the disease.

“Team CIBC is passionate about uniting with Canadians to make breast cancer beatable. Our members know that by coming together for each year for this event, great things can happen. We see it in the investments in research, treatment, prevention and support services that touch the lives of loved ones,” says Christina Kramer, CIBC’s Senior Executive Vice-President and Executive Run Sponsor. “Thank you to all our team members, clients and Canadians for supporting the breast cancer cause and making a real difference.”

While breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian women, progress is being made. Recently updated statistics by the Canadian Cancer Society, Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada indicate that the female breast cancer death rate has decreased by an estimated 48 per cent since it peaked in 1986.

“Today, Canadians in communities across the country were united as a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer. It’s thanks to these Canadians that the Canadian Cancer Society is able to fund the best breast cancer research, provide the largest cancer support system in the country and act as a voice for Canadians, advocating for important social change,” says Andrea Seale, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society. “We would also like to express our thanks for our incredible partner, CIBC. For the past 23 years, they have walked, run and volunteered with us, and we are so grateful for their unwavering support of the breast cancer cause.”

As title sponsor of the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure for 23 years, Team CIBC has raised more than $54 million for breast cancer research, treatment, education and support programs. United together by One for Change, Team CIBC supports its communities year-round through fundraising, donations and volunteering.

Photo: 85,000 Canadians in 57 communities across the country united in shared purpose to raise $17 million for the breast cancer cause at the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure. Among those were 15,000 members of Team CIBC who raised an estimated $3 million. (CNW Group/CIBC)

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