What is more inspirational than seeing people of all ages participating in an event that is battling breast cancer. The event that I am talking about is the CIBC Run For The Cure. The event itself raises millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.

When you see women that are bald, wearing a wig, a young child with a survivor t-shirt, or a shirt that says ‘I am running for my Mom’, you cannot help but be inspired. These images hit home for me because it was my son that was running for his mom who is a survivor.

Most of the survivors have gone through chemotherapy, operation(s) and/or radiation. They have had the experience of having an oncologist tell them what their percentage chance of dying is. This is not the easiest conversation one is ever going to have. Most will have lost their hair and sometimes some of their physical strength and still deal with raising a family, being a wife, being a Mom and trying to stay positive.

CIBC Run for the Cure 2005
Team Laura at CIBC Run for the Cure 2005

I had the experience of dealing with a spouse that decided she was not going to let cancer defeat her. She decided she was going to work out every day, eat great food and embrace life. How could I not be inspired by the woman I love most. Her determination and strength made our family strong. I was the one who was supposed to be strong and in the end it was my wife who showed me how to fight this disease.

We have run the CIBC Run for the Cure 5 times as a family. The first time we did, my wife had just finished the chemo and we walked with an amazing group of family and friends. Having a team of supporters was a key element in helping beat cancer. This year I am proud to say my son, my wife and I are going to run the event.

The CIBC Run For The Cure is the largest single day fundraiser to defeat cancer. We are going to be participating in the Toronto event along with 30,000 other participants in Toronto. If you are there look for the Stafflink Think Pink team. We have a team of 12 participating. Some of us will be walking, some jogging, some running and some pushing children in strollers.

It is all about participating and working together to help defeat breast cancer and showing our support for those that are fighting breast cancer. I encourage you to participate in this event. There are runs all over Canada (http://www.runforthecure.com/ ). They have a 1km and 5km run/walk event. Hopefully you will be inspired to participate or cheer on some participants. Hope to see you there!