Dominique Carli participated in the 2012 CIBC Run for the Cure and was awarded a CIBC Education Award as the top fundraiser for the Post Secondary Challenge. Dominique is currently studying at the University of Toronto.
There is a line from my favourite book, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax that reads, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not!” This one line has been a part of my personality since the first day I heard it. It is this one line that inspired me to start a personal initiative: to commit myself to a different cause every year on my birthday. For my 19th birthday, I chose to participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure and the Post Secondary Challenge as my special initiative.
It is crazy to think that at the age of 19, I can already name many friends and family members who have had, or who currently have cancer. Through their journey I have been a witness to courage and hope in the most incredible proportions. It is the strength, determination and resilience that I have experienced through these wonderful people that has made it so clear to me how important it is to cherish all that you have, and do everything you can to help those who may not be able to help themselves.
I pledged to train, donate and advocate for this cause, doing whatever I could to be a part of the cure. On September 30, 2012, I participated in my very first CIBC Run for the Cure in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Together with my friends, family, classmates and all those who were drawn to our cause, we successfully raised over $7,000 for breast cancer research! My fundraising campaign exceeded my greatest expectations and I could not have done it without everyone’s continued support.
I feel privileged to have participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure. I feel privileged to have been encouraged to express a passion for a cause I believe in. I believe every student should seize these opportunities, these experiences. Although I may choose to support other initiatives as a student fundraiser and although I may choose to pursue a different fundraising experience for my 20th birthday, I will always be a proud supporter of this Foundation, this program and the CIBC Run for the Cure.