"It's because of the funds Canadians raise through the CIBC Run for the Cure that we know more than ever how to prevent, diagnose, treat and live with and beyond breast cancer, and have been able to help reduce the mortality rate by nearly half since it peaked in 1986".
This year's activities include a 1 and 5-kilometre distance run, along with an award and closing ceremony dedicated to breast cancer survivors.
"We're all one so we should help each other out", she said.
"Some of you have walked it a couple of times, some of you are on the journey now", she said, "and we support each and every one of you who are on this journey".
"I was in the same boat, so to speak, with these other women".
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Thousands of runners and walkers take part in the CIBC Run for the Cure at Southcentre Mall in Calgary on Sunday morning September 30, 2018.
"We've certainly come a long way since the 1980s, when the breast cancer survival rate was 20 per cent lower than it is today", Smyth said, "but as long as there's 70 Canadians a day being diagnosed with breast cancer, we have a lot of work to do". Corporately, CIBC is focused on making a difference for those affected by cancer, as well as supporting persons with disabilities; in the U.S., CIBC focuses its investments in financial literacy.
The Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is a trailblazing partnership between CCS, CIBC and communities across Canada. "A lot of participants showed up and the energy was fantastic", he said. "It's a really important cause for us to keep funding until we can say that women don't have to be as afraid of breast cancer".
Volunteer committee co-run director Ashley MacDonald said this year's run in Brandon attracted 303 participants, about 50 more than last year. Last year, there were 5,500 participants.
"It was a great turnout this year", MacDonald said. "In fact, we all just cheered it together".
The fundraising goal for 2019 is $15 million and 85,000 people participated in Sunday's events.