With the start of the school term under our belts, that means it’s time to move on to our first big community event of the year: Run for the Cure! This year, Run for the Cure will take place at St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Ave, on September 30th at 9am. The Queen’s Law Cancer Society will be running the main 5km route and would love for you to join us! If the thought of running makes you want to run (ahem- walk at a leisurely pace in the other direction), don’t worry: There’s a 1km or 5km walk as well! The main goal of the day is to have fun and get as many people as possible fundraising and supporting the breast cancer cause.
Why is this cause so important? In their lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer- a staggering statistic. Since 1992, with the help of fundraising events like this, there has been a total of $430 million raised to fund breast cancer research projects. This has helped contribute to a 44% decrease in breast cancer mortality rates since the mid 1980’s. Come out on September 30th to help us do all we can to see that number drop even lower! Last year alone, 85,000 people participated in Run for the Cure, and this year we’ll be one of 56 sites joining in to try and get that number even higher!
This year, the Director of the Queen’s Law Clinics, Karla McGrath, will be running with the QLCS team! Karla’s friend lost her battle with breast cancer a few years ago, and every year since then she has attended the run in Kingston. Her friend’s mother, who is more than 80 years old, makes the trek from Montreal to Kingston each year so that she can participate in the Kingston run with her walker!!! A truly inspiring woman! If you’re at the run this year and see her (look for the walker decorated with balloons), please feel free to give her a high five or a nice word as you’re passing by!
Whether you want to come run, cheer us on, or donate to a friend running, we would greatly appreciate it – any bit of support helps! Join us in the promise to make breast cancer beatable!
Check out these links below if you want more information about donating or running with the QLCS team!