Meet the Hughes Hugs Team. They’ll be running for Nana Hughes on October 3 at the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
Every spring, the community gathers in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia to celebrate the Apple Blossom Festival. Some 80,000 people from the surrounding communities attend the Apple Blossom Festival Parade, and Tim Hughes hosts a delicious and delightful family brunch at his home, right along the parade route.
In 2003, their family tradition became the kick-off fundraiser for the Hughes Hugs Team participation in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Every year their Party for a Cure draws enthusiastic support from their neighbours, community and the entire region. This year, the Party for the Cure set a new record by raising $2,086 and demonstrated that turning an existing party into a fundraiser can be both fun and successful.
The Hughes Hugs Team is running for Tim’s mother, Nancy, who has been living with breast cancer for 10 years. Nancy vividly remembers her own mother’s pain and scarring from a mastectomy in the 1960s. Today, the Hughes Hugs Team has 14 members, but there are countless nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends who provide encouragement and help raise funds from local businesses, churches as well as their friends and neighbours.
Tim is a fitness instructor and he is inspired to see Canadians of all ages and abilities – even those who may not be as physically active as he is – participate in the Run. And it reminds him that anyone can develop cancer at any time, and they will need the kind of strength and endurance that he admires in his mother in order to survive. Tim is insistent: “I want results. I want a cure”.
Nancy lives with restricted mobility now, but promises to be at the finish line on the day of the Run, right where she has been every year that the Hughes Hugs have participated, to show her support and appreciation. And after the Run, the Hughes Hugs team and their families go back to Tim’s home and enjoy another wonderful family brunch.
On October 3, 2010, who are you running for?™