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Rolanda Chen tells us why she’s serving up delicious dishes for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Cook for the Cure program.


This October, I hosted my fourth Cook for the Cure party – an annual event that my girlfriends and I look forward to.

I’m very lucky to have a group of smart, funny, generous and supportive women to call my best friends. We’re lucky that none of us has had to personally battle breast cancer, but we’ve all been directly affected by the disease, through family, friends and coworkers who have not been as fortunate. And we know that, statistically speaking, one of us may one day be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Cook for the Cure allows my girlfriends and me to support an important cause, and have a great time doing it. We were able to raise $600 this year!

Think about how much a typical meal out with your best friends would cost, and think about how much money you could raise if you donated the cost of that meal, towards a Cook for the Cure dinner, instead. It’s not difficult to throw a Cook for the Cure party and the folks at the Foundation are wonderful in offering their support. We’d like to encourage other groups of girlfriends to get your girls together to do something good “for the girls”!

You can help create a future without breast cancer.

- Rolanda

We also wanted to share the following details with you about Rolanda’s event:

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Rebecca tells us about her Aunt Christine and why she will continue to run for a future without breast cancer.

It all began in the summer of 1999 when my Aunt Christine learned of a lump in her breast during a family visit. My aunt was expecting results from her latest test and had dropped by the clinic. Ignorantly, the doctor claimed that the lump was just a cyst. Unfortunately, the cyst continued to steadily grow and reluctantly she went for a second opinion.

Much to our dismay, the doctor revealed that the cyst was certainly no cyst at all. My aunt’s nightmare was about to begin, for the doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer. Christine soon began chemotherapy and radiation in hopes of ridding herself from her devastating burden. The radiation appeared to be working effectively; by the next summer, my Aunt Christine had been cancer free for quite sometime and we couldn’t be more grateful.

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Team Just Doing It celebrated their tenth year at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure this Sunday!

Sometimes hope is hard to find.

Devestated by a totally unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer at first you flail and flounder.Fear,depression,anger and hopelessness come rushing in.

But sometimes you are lucky and hope finds you. That’s what happened 10 years ago when a group of breast cancer survivors happened upon the Running Room’s first ever Survivors’ Running Clinic.

The Clinic gave us exactly what we needed-a running plan,confidence,a great leader and a raucous good time …and hope for our futures.

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The 2nd Annual Bras Across the Bridge was a smashing success!

C100′s Team Moya had another very successful fundraising event this year, the 2nd Annual Bras Across the Bridge for the 2010 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure and we couldn’t have done it without such good C100 listeners.  For about 3 weeks at the beginning of September we once again hit the airwaves asking C100 listeners to get together with family, friends and co-workers to collect their old bras that were otherwise headed to the garbage and donate them to our Bras Across the Bridge fundraiser.  It is a really great fundraising idea as people were being asked to donate old bras and not money, that’s where our partners came in Samuel and Co and Joseph Ribkoff donated $1 for every old bra we collected, we managed to collect 8500 bras and Samuel and Co topped up their donation to $10,000.

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Rebecca is running for her sister Rachel whose perseverance and hope is utterly inspiring.

I am a loved one watching a loved one go through the battle of breast cancer.

My sister Rachel has truly had the worst year.  In January of this year she was diagnosed with cervical cancer after complaining about lower back pain.   She underwent a radical hysterectomy and was slowly recovering and ready to continue her life again when she found a lump in her breast.  After many tests it was confirmed that Rachel was diagnosed with Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  After a partial mastectomy and removal of lymph nodes, Rachel was set on the course of 6 months of chemotherapy (FEC-T) with a month of radiation to follow.

Rachel has shed many, many tears in the past few months.  She is the mother of two gorgeous boys, 8 and 10 years of age and is the wife of a wonderful husband.  For Rachel, this hasn’t been about her at all.  In Rachel’s view, the only worry that has been placed on her shoulders is the worry of her boys.  So concerned about how her boys would deal with this, she would hide in her bedroom at night and let her emotions out at that time so that they would not see her upset.  She puts on the biggest, bravest smile when they were around and has ensured that their schooling and extra-curricular activities have remained the same.  Life has not changed for them and this is what she wanted.

Rachel has just completed her 3rd chemo going into her 4th in a couple of weeks.  She knows that this is going to get worse before it gets better but she fights the fight with a grace and dignity that is commendable.

This Sunday I, as well as approximately 40 others of her friends and family are running for the cure.  We are running for Rachel, my sister, so that she can live a healthy and full life, we are running for our daughters, mothers, nieces, aunts, grandmothers and for ourselves!

My sister is a fountain of strength and me, being her little sister, couldn’t be prouder!

Rebecca

It’s not too late to make a difference, you can still donate to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Let’s create a future without breast cancer.