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About 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.  That is 1 in 8 women.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, worldwide.  If you look around a room of just 200 women, 25 of them will hear a diagnosis of breast cancer.  Sadly, that is a lot of women.  

Men can get breast cancer too, although much less frequently.  It is estimated that 1 in 1000 men will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.  However, male breast cancer carries a greater risk of dying.  This is due, in part, to delays in detecting breast lumps and seeking medical attention. 

It was once thought that breast cancer only affected older women.  However, this is no longer the case.  While the average age of women affected by breast cancer is 62, this disease is affecting younger women at increasing rates.  The youngest ever girl diagnosed was only 8 years old.  

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013

My cancer was grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma, one of the most common types of breast cancer, but a particularly aggressive form.  I was in surgery 3 weeks after my diagnosis to remove the breast with cancer.  I later under went a second mastectomy when they discovered two other lumps, that turned out to be only pre-cancerous.  I also went through several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.  My total treatments and surgery were over a year in duration. 

And I am not done yet. 

Because my cancer was hormone responsive, I am also on hormonal therapy for a total of 10 years.  The medications for this have negative side effects, like bone pain and a higher risk of osteoporosis and spontaneous bone fractures.  

Running for a Cure

I ran my first 5 km in the 2014 CIBC Run for the Cure.  Having only just gotten through my treatments and starting from, literally, off the couch, I trained for 10 weeks to run.   The day of the run was a very emotional day, as I followed my fellow survivors in the parade and then ran my first 5 km.  

I have run in this event every year since.

However, this year I will not be participating in the official event in my hometown.  Instead, I am planning to run my first full marathon of 42.2 km. 

After having ran multiple half marathons of 21.1 km, it was time to up my game and set out a new challenge.  This new challenge will mark my 5th year of running and survivorship. 

My marathon is on October 6, 2019, the same day as the CIBC Run for the Cure.   

I will continue to battle cancer in every way that I can! 

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Introducing My Team: The Incredible Leopard Pack

The Leopard Pack is a group of family and friends who came together for their first run for the cure as a team in 2011 in support of their team captain,  Michelle, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 in 2010.  For the past 8 years The Leopard Pack has welcomed new members with open arms, and has comforted each other as they’ve said goodbye to two survivors. 

This incredible team has been the top Family & Friends fundraising team for 8 years in a row. 

Michelle was recognized with a determination award by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Her theme song is ‘Don’t Stop Believin‘ and even on the hardest of days she lives that message. 

This will be the team’s 9th CIBC Run for the Cure.  

Michelle has seen first hand how the running community comes together at this event year after year.  By participating in this year’s Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure,  we’re joining a collective that is a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer.  

We’re running in honour of all the incredible people in our lives, and we need your help!  

Please consider donating and support our team in fundraising to help find a cure for breast cancer. 

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