Hi friends and family!
I've decided to take the plunge and run in my first half-marathon at this year's BMO Vancouver Marathon! My previous longest race was the Tely10 (16km), so I'll be training hard over the next couple of months to cross that finish line on May 6th.
I've chosen to be a charity runner for this year, and commit myself to fundraising for a BMO Vancouver Marathon charity partner of my choice. That charity is the Canadian Cancer Society. I'm committed to raise $300, but I'd love to raise as much as possible! So please, even if I've reached my goal, please feel free to keep donating!
I know anyone reading this has had their lives, or someone in their lives in some way affected by cancer. I lost my grandfather to cancer in 2009, and that loss is felt every day--especially every birthday, special event, achievement, and family dinner, as he was there for us in everything we did. I'm running for my grandfather. I'm running for my friends who've lost their loved ones to cancer. I'm also running for the countless other lives lost to cancer every day.
We've come a long way with cancer research. On their website, the Canadian Cancer Society states that "about 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%." Their website also reads:
"Investing in the best research has led to tremendous progress against cancer. We know more about what causes cancer, how it develops, how best to treat it and how we can improve the quality of life of people living with cancer...In 2016–2017, the Canadian Cancer Society funded $40 million in leading-edge research supporting more than 340 projects across the country, thanks to our donors. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, we are leading the fight against cancer."
[ Here's a link to where you can read more about what the Canadian Cancer Society is doing with their funds raised: Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/our-research/?region=bc#ixzz55vB1SIWm ]
While that progress is excellent, there is still a long way to go. Let's please help the CCS continue to fund important research into the disease. Every dollar counts.
Thanks so much for reading and supporting!
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