Amherst Runs for the Cure

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - If you saw a white and pink ribbon of runners and walkers streaming through the streets of Amherst yesterday your eyes weren't playing tricks on you.
About 150 runners took to the streets seeking a cure for breast cancer during the 9th annual CIBC Run for the Cure.
"It was a beautiful day and lots of lovely people came out to participate in the event," Gillian Zinck of the (CBCF) Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Atlantic Region said.
Participants were issued a number, which they pinned to the back of their shirt.
Beside the numbers, many of the runners wrote the names of friends and relatives who have battled cancer, some winning and some losing.
The Run for the Cure hopes to tip the scales in favour of the winning side.
Before participants warmed up for the run, Leslie Robertson, also of the CBCF, said 170,000 walkers and runners across Canada are participating in the Oct. 5, event and the money raised helps improve programs throughout the country and within the Maritimes.
"This year alone the CBCF Atlantic Region has awarded $757,000 for research at Atlantic universities and institutions," Robertson said. "One-hundred-fifty-nine thousand also went into community grants in the Maritimes."
The $159,000 went towards programs such as Caring for Cancer Patients, a retreat on the South Shore, which received funding for breast cancer survivors; the Cape Breton Cancer Centre received funding to offer a program that includes physical fitness, nutritional counseling, and emotional support and therapy for individuals who have received treatment for breast cancer.
Robertson said early detection is very important and the goal of the CBFC Atlantic Region is to have 85 per cent of all eligible women in Atlantic Canada regularly screened for breast cancer.
"In Nova Scotia the government is in the process of replacing the existing analog breast screening machines with full-field digital equipment, which is considered the gold standard," Robertson said. "In April 2009 we are also launching a mobile education campaign called the Tour for the Cure."

Organizations: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Caring for Cancer Patients, Cape Breton Cancer Centre

Geographic location: Amherst, Atlantic Canada, South Shore Nova Scotia

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