In Vancouver, the Run for the Cure raised more than $1.57 million. (Run for the Cure Vancouver)

At eight sites throughout B.C., an estimated 22,000 people helped raise $3.15 million by participating in the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

In Vancouver, participants walked or ran a five- or one-kilometre route, raising more than $1.57 million as of Sunday morning.

"The countless hours spent organizing this event and the funds raised show the passion that unites our supporters to not only change the face of breast cancer but further our understanding of it," said Joan Chambers, with the B.C.–Yukon branch of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

"We are so extremely grateful to all of our supporters and participants."

Across Canada, participants in 59 communities raised a total of over $30 million.

All funds support initiatives in prevention, early detection, treatment, research and emerging issues in the health care workforce.