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Pink parade honours cancer survivors

Donna Anderson, left, Shirley Hunt and Shirley MacEachern get emotional as they listen to speakers at last year’s Run For the Cure event at UVic. More than 4,000 runners raised $628,000 for breast cancer research. This year’s run happens Sunday, and features a survivor’s parade.   - Sharon Tiffin/News staff
Donna Anderson, left, Shirley Hunt and Shirley MacEachern get emotional as they listen to speakers at last year’s Run For the Cure event at UVic. More than 4,000 runners raised $628,000 for breast cancer research. This year’s run happens Sunday, and features a survivor’s parade.
— image credit: Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Behold the pink parade.

CIBC’s Run for the Cure, famous for its pinkosity (as in everyone wears pink), has added a breast cancer survivor parade to this year’s festivities.

Organizers expect approximately 4,300 participants to show up at University of Victoria for the Sunday morning walk and run.

“New is the survivor parade, part of the formal program of the run to honour and recognize the most important people, the survivors,” said volunteer race co-director Laura Clarke.

The parade will march with the Reynolds school band, followed by a moment of silence.

One in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life, an estimated 22,700 this year.

Victoria’s is the second biggest of the eight Run for the Cure communities taking part in B.C., and last year raised $628,000 of the provincial total of $4.76 million.

“One hundred per cent of the net funds stay in the region and supports prevention or detection research, as well as education and awareness,” Clarke said.

This year’s routes are the same but the run begins and ends at a new site, UVic’s Parking Lot 6, outside of the Interfaith Chapel and Finnerty Gardens.

The five-kilometre run loops the Ring Road once with an out-and-back along Cedar Hill and Gordon Head roads. The one-km walk route stays in the south west area of the campus.

The walk and run start at 9 a.m. with an awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

To register online for for more information, see cbcf.org. Sign up for Victoria's Run for the Cure here.

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