Mike says that becoming a member of the Board felt like the right thing to do.
Despite not having a personal connection to the cause, Mike McKim became a volunteer with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region in 2006. A CIBC employee, Mike had supported the Foundation over the years through initiatives led by other CIBC volunteers, so when the opportunity to volunteer with the Board of Directors presented itself, Mike was keen to get involved.
“The partnership between CIBC and the Foundation is strong, and breast cancer affects so many people,” says Mike. “At the time, I was already participating in various Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure fundraising activities, and so becoming a member of the Board felt like the right thing to do.”
Over the past six years, Mike experienced significant and enriched personal growth while supporting the Foundation through its own substantial growth.
“Volunteering with the Foundation has afforded me the opportunity to feel the emotional side of breast cancer,” he says.” That’s why I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished because I know my efforts, combined with the efforts of others, have made a difference. With strong direction, leadership and focus, I feel like the Foundation is on a solid track to creating a future without breast cancer.”
Lan and Lisa stand together, far right, at the Pink Ribbon Party.
Early this year, Lisa Ho volunteered to host a Pink Ribbon Party and took this responsibility to a whole new level. On March 24, Lisa and her group of volunteers came together and created more than 6,000 pink ribbons to help generate awareness for the breast cancer cause and for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. But Lisa did not stop there. She circulated information about the work of the Foundation and challenged her friends and family not only to donate their time to the cause, but also to raise money for it. Her group of volunteers raised more than $1,200, and they were so inspired by their success that they continue to donate today! To motivate her crew, Lisa and another volunteer, Lan Phan, prepared a pink showcase of decorations and pink-themed food. They even served a watermelon in the shape of a pink ribbon! Because of Lisa’s initiative, we now have a new way for our volunteers to continue contributing to the cause and to the work of the Foundation.
Susan, third from left, on her last day of chemotherapy, with her family, who surprised her with balloons, gifts and flowers.
My name is Susan Dove Owen. In March 2010, right after my 50th birthday, I went for a mammogram on a breast cancer mobile clinic, here in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A week later I got the phone call and my whole life was turned upside down.
I am a single mom with five wonderful children (two children still living at home with me) and I am also a proud grandmother of five special grandchildren! The last year two years have been quite the struggle, physically, mentally and financially. I’ve had a mastectomy, lymph-node dissection and six months of chemotherapy that resulted in being admitted to the hospital for a while. Last September, I spent two weeks in Toronto, recovering from tram-flap breast reconstruction, which some will know is very painful, but worth it.
I still have more surgery to go. I am getting there one step at a time, but soon all of this will be a nightmare and be a thing of the past. I will be stronger than ever. Thank you so much to my family and my two best friends. xoxo
Kelly with her sister-in-law Elaine, her daughter Alyssa, and her friend Lorna at the 2010 Run for the Cure.
In March 2010, I found what felt like a teeny tiny lump in my breast, thinking it was nothing. Of course it had to be nothing: I was 46 years young with no history of it, how could it be? I decided to get it checked out anyway. Well, it was … breast cancer. I had my surgery on May 26, a lumpectomy. The biopsy also revealed it to be triple-negative breast cancer. OK, four months of intense chemotherapy and two months of radiation ahead of me. I reached down inside to the very bottom of my soul and pulled out the strength that I needed to get through the next six months. My husband (my rock), my family and all our friends were an incredible support system throughout the difficult time.
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Michael is honouring his mother through his "Cards for Cancer" fundraiser.
I registered as an individual last year for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. As a fundraiser, I started a campaign, which I call “Cards for Cancer.”
When I was growing up, my mother and I spent every Saturday in the spring and summer going to yard sales and flea markets. We both loved to find great deals, and collected many items. As the years passed, our obsession led to a full basement and garage, and boxes of found treasures piled up in our dining room. The TV show “Hoarders” was not around at this time, but if it had been, we would have been on it. Finally, my mother realized our hobby was out of control, and decided to open a second hand store, where we sold all of our items we collected over the years: books, movies, dishes, sports cards and much, much more. Finally, as more years passed, our house had the space to be a home again.
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She was brave and strong, and fought it off. However, the cancer returned and in 2001 she passed away. Since then, I relocated to Edmonton, Alberta. Of all the things I had collected while growing up, the one collection I partly kept going was my postcards. I had managed to keep this collection organized and under control, until recently. Earlier this year, I responded to an online ad, from someone who had boxes of postcards for sale for only $2.00 per box, each containing 300 to 400 postcards, but each box was of the same card. We set up a meeting, and I went to see the postcards.
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