Charity run shows that age is no barrier with breast cancer

09/10/2008

A WOMAN who is unable to be in Canada with her sister – who is fighting breast cancer – to take part in the country’s biggest charity run decided to hold her own version of the event in Guernsey.

Danielle Stevens, who is originally from Toronto, and a group of friends walked the cliff path from Jerbourg to Petit Bot on Sunday in aid of Run for the Cure – Canada’s largest single-day fund-raising event dedicated to breast cancer research, education and awareness.

Her sister, Amanda, was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year at the age of 29 and Miss Stevens said that even though she could not join her sister’s team in Canada, she was determined to take part in the event at the same time.

‘My sister has had so much support from friends and family that they have put together one of the largest teams in Canada,’ she said.

‘My family and friends from all over Canada formed a team and I wanted to be part of this since it means so much to my sister.

‘I got a team together for the first international Run for the Cure team.’

The run started at 10am in Toronto on Sunday so the Guernsey team began its walk at 3pm. ‘Being five hours ahead, I wanted to start at the same time as the event in Toronto,’ Miss Stevens said.

Ego Motifs donated printed Tshirts for the team and the Pink Ladies gave coin-donation boxes to be carried by the walkers.

Miss Stevens said she wanted young women to realise that breast cancer could strike at any time. ‘My sister was diagnosed at the age of 29, in great physical condition and health,’ she said. ‘Women in their 20s and 30s think they are invisible to such diseases as cancer, but they’re not.’

What is run for the cure?

It is a charity event which started 17 years ago in Toronto, Ontario, where organisers wanted to raise awareness and funds for the cause. More than 1,500 people raised $85,000. Over the years, it has grown considerably. Last year, more than 170,000 Canadians took part and raised more than Canadian $27m.

Find out more at www.cibcrunforthecure.com.

GEP Article 9th October 2008



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