Manitoba

Thousands lace up in Winnipeg for breast cancer research

Thousands of runners laced up and survivors donned pink shirts downtown Winnipeg Sunday morning to take part in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's CIBC Run for the Cure event.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's event hopes to raise awareness, funds for breast cancer research

Cancer survivor Christine Karlenzig and her daughter Shannon Gawryluk took part in Sunday's Run for the Cure. (Lindsay Tsuji/CBC)

Thousands of runners laced up and survivors donned pink shirts in downtown Winnipeg Sunday morning to take part in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's CIBC Run for the Cure event.

Christine Karlenzig said she was diagnosed almost 16 years ago and has been participating in the run ever since.

"It was very terrifying, I was only 39-years-old when I got diagnosed," said Karlenzig.
Co-run director for CIBC Run for The Cure Teresa Rydberg said thousands took part in Sunday's run to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. (Lindsay Tsuji/CBC)

The cancer survivor said she has two daughters who were 11 and 14 at the time of her diagnosis.

“That's the first thing I thought about [was] ‘What about their future growing up without me if I didn't survive?’ It's a very scary feeling and very terrifying, but I made it through. 16 years later, I'm still here."

Now Karlenzig’s daughters run alongside her every year.

“I bring my daughters out every year and I run to raise money so other women don't have to go through this," said Karlenzig.

"I know a lot of women I work with have had breast cancer, a few of them have not survived but a lot have survived due to the research and everything else that's going on with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.”

Teresa Rydberg, co-run director for Run for The Cure, said thousands took part this year to raise awareness and raise money for breast cancer research.

Rydberg said Run for The Cure is the largest volunteer-led fundraising event held across Canada.

"Hopefully we can find a cure so that no women have to go through this ever again," said Karlenzig. "It takes a hard toll on your body and your life, and your family."

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