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Hannah McEdwards (pictured left) and her "sister"

That’s me – yes, the one on the left with the really big sunglasses. That’s my best friend of 31 years on the right, but I refer to her as the sister I never had. She’s better than a sister. She’s the friend that will be by your side no matter what. She’s the one I go to when things are going wrong. She’s the one that understands when no one else does, or at least pretends to, but will never say that. You can’t really tell, but we’re working at a breast cancer fundraiser in this picture.

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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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Le 19 décembre 2012 est une date qui restera à jamais gravée dans ma mémoire. En une phrase, ma vie venait de basculer. Diagnostic : cancer du sein.  Je n’arrivais pas à croire qu’à 39 ans, je pouvais être atteinte d’un cancer du sein.  Et ce, même si 2 de mes tantes avaient déjà combattu ce cancer.

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Caroline (pictured left) with her aunt Christine

Caroline Cormier is currently a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

For as long as I can remember, my aunt Christine has been one of my biggest supporters. In fact, she has always played an important role in my life as both a mentor and a friend. For instance, I clearly remember how eager she was to come with me on my grade twelve exploration of the university campuses I had applied to for my undergraduate studies. Years later, she would be the one to make it possible for me to fulfill my dream of studying and volunteering abroad in Central and South America during my time at Queen’s University. No matter what zany idea I have had over the years about how to take on the world, my aunt has always been there to cheer me on. She is a constant source of encouragement, always challenging me to embrace new experiences and to live my life to the fullest.

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Snehal et Deeya

Je participe à la Course à la vie CIBC pour la sixième année. La première fois, c’était en 2008, alors que ma sœur Snehal venait de recevoir un diagnostic de cancer du sein. C’est en 2012, l’année de son décès, que nous avons recueilli le plus de fonds. Elle n’avait que 35 ans lorsqu’elle est morte.

Sa vie peut avoir semblé bien courte pour certains, mais ceux qui ont été touchés par Snehal ont compris que la qualité de l’existence va bien au-delà du nombre d’années passées sur terre. Sa foi, son courage et sa détermination demeureront une source d’inspiration pour nous tous.

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