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Juanita at the 2013 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

This is me after I ran 5 km on Oct 6 2013, almost 8 months after my chemo and radiation ended. It was such a high; I felt like I had triumphed over the monster!

Team dediKATEd at the 2013 CIBC Run for the Cure. Kate is seated in the first row, five from the left.

For the past two years I have been extremely proud to put together a team for my sister, Kate. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer 20 months ago. Kate has beaten the odds time and time again; she continues to surprise her doctors and nurses. If it weren’t for people like us, collecting donations and participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, Kate may never have been given the opportunities and treatments she has been so fortunate to have.

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Colleen Curtis was the survivor guest speaker at the 2013 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Mississauga on Oct. 6.

Elaine Gural pictured above

Myra Busby is participating in this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure as a member of Team CIBC Saskatoon

I would like to share with you a short story about the person I am participating for in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure – her name is Elaine Gural better known to many as “Granny.” Unfortunately Elaine passed away very unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept.19 at 4:30 p.m.  Not only was Elaine a very dear friend of mine but she has also been the biggest inspiration in my life. Although Elaine lost her fight, I would like to share a little more about her life and the impact she had.

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Bradley with his mother Brynda

Bradley Hansraj is running in the 2013 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure for his mother, Brynda Hansraj, who was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. Brynda has been cancer free since finishing her treatment back then.

Four years ago we got the most devastating news that any family could ever receive: a breast cancer diagnosis. Upon receiving the news, although shock and sadness overwhelmed us, we consoled my mother the best we could. Our family had to remain strong, if not for ourselves then for her. But the strength we displayed was nothing compared to my mother’s resilience and resolve during that difficult time. Her courage was an inspiration to us all.

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