Winged Runners. Pink Tutu. Energized Spirit.

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It’s been an interesting ten weeks for my 10-year old daughter and I, with training, tutus, and challenges. In less than one week, we’ll be hitting the pavement with over 170,000 other Canadians, participating in our first ever Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure 5K. I think we’re ready.

Although we didn’t follow our 6-week training program to the letter, my daughter and I have continued to run, off and on. At first I was worried about not being able to complete ‘the race’ but the CIBC Run for the Cure isn’t a race. It isn’t about winning. The CIBC Run for the Cure is about a community coming together to show support for the women diagnosed with breast cancer, an estimated 22,700 Canadian women this year alone.

My daughter and I are thinking about those women but we’re also thinking about the women of the future: the daughters, sisters, nieces, and neighbours who haven’t reached womanhood yet. We are running for the hope that these women of the future, girls like my own daughter, won’t have to be afraid of a future with a breast cancer diagnosis.

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We’ll be there on September 30, wearing our winged shoes and our pink tutus. We are even bringing along with us on our run some of the girls and women that have great meaning in our lives and our future. We can even bring you along too. For each $2 dollar donation we will add your name, your daughter’s name, or the name of a woman important to you, to a pink ribbon on our tutu. For less than a cup of coffee you can help contribute to the lives of future women. Thanks to Andrea from Fee Fi Fo Fun for the donation of two tutus for which to build our community’s names upon.

run for cure tutus namedcibc run tutus shoesParticipating in the CIBC Run for the Cure has also given me the opportunity to talk with my daughter about breast cancer and supporting others. We can only work to change the future if we teach future generations to care now.

So join us on September 30. Add your name to our tutu, run along side of us, or follow along on twitter with the hashtag #CIBCRunfortheCure. Show your support. Help make a difference for the women of the future. You can also join the conversation on twitter and facebook. Who do you want us to run for?

This post is sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundaton.

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