Run for the Cure Cashes In
Newlyweds Brad and Sarra Fedick among those who participated in today’s event- photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – Brad and Sarra Fedick from Tumbler Ridge just got married yesterday, but instead of taking off on a honeymoon today, they decided to take part in the CIBC Run For the Cure.“My Mom’s best friend, eight years ago, beat breast cancer” says Sarra, “So every year, we’ve been doing this with her, every time I move some place, I find a run to support her. This is so important.”
The run this morning kicked off at Prince George City Hall and saw more than a hundred participants do the one or 5 km route in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research and support for those on a breast cancer journey.
And raise funds they did. Today’s total was just over $39,500.
“Over the past 24 years, there has been astonishing growth made in breast cancer research” says Amber Dujay of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. “We’ve seen mortality rates lowered by nearly 45% and women are living past 5 years and much longer. Current research has a lot of exciting things about specific targes for types of treatments for women, more personalized treatments, less invasive. Formerly women who were diagnosed with breast cancer said, said ‘ok, I have breast cancer, I have to get a mastectomy, ‘ but new, more personalised treatments mean more and more women don’t even have to go through surgery some don’t even have to have chemo.”
She says advanced mammography methods mean most breast cancers can be detected earlier.
This past spring, Willow became a partner with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Willow is one of the largest organizations providing peer support and support for women and their families.
Of course the message remains the same, early detection can improve outcomes says Dujay “We encourage every women over 40 in BC to get a mammogram. Self check is huge. A lot of women, especially young women are catching signs of breast cancer early through self checking. Detection, being aware of your body is such a huge thing. so just making sure you know your breasts and you have conversations with your doctor.”