Lancaster American Cancer Society hosts 26th annual legacy ball auction

Lancaster American Cancer Society hosts 26th annual legacy ball auction

Run for the Cure has become a generational effort

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — People across the country are pounding the pavement, hoping to one day reach a point when breast cancer is no longer a threat.

The CIBC Run for the Cure is a Canada-wide effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and a support network for people affected by it

Amanda McNally, who now works for the society, lost her mother Penny when she was just 16 years old and has been taking part with her family for more than two decades.

“There’s just so much that you feel that day, and to see all the survivors — every year it feels like there’s more and more survivors — and I think that really speaks to where we’ve come with this disease,” McNally says.

Now a mother herself, McNally adds taking part with her own children gives her a different perspective as she completes the route with her team, aptly named “Every Penny Counts.

“One is a daughter and so to sort of have their hands in mine when I participate now — it’s a different perspective, it’s a different feeling.”

McNally adds taking part with her own children gives her a different perspective as she completes the route with her team, aptly named “Every Penny Counts.”

The event happens across the country including locally, in Vancouver, Surrey, and Abbotsford, with one and five-kilometre routes.

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The following speech was delivered by cancer survivor Linda Trouten-Radford prior to Sunday's Run For The Cure in Downtown Guelph.

There was a time – if you peeked under my “hat” you would immediately realize I had cancer, but a cancer diagnosis does not define the person. We are people, fulfilling many roles, very much individuals with many talents. Cancer changes you, and I have learned a great deal walking this journey.

It began with a routine mammogram in 2006. Each person walking the cancer journey has a story – every story impactful and personal. The first steps are draining – physically, emotionally, BUT no answers, YET. Challenges, challenges – sound familiar?

My story is really about the people who became and continue to be part of our lives. Aug 3, 2007 – we were scheduled to leave for Florida to view a shuttle launch AND find out the results of the surgery. “It's cancer.” At that moment time stood still and life changed – forever. This is part of what I wrote that day ——-

Time stood still, but life didn’t – We went home, broke the news to our son – got into our truck and headed for Florida. This story is about the compassionate people who made the experience in the midst of the shock, a lifetime experience. Upon returning, life was appointments and waiting. Always the waiting – as you try to grasp “normal”.

The story now shifts to all those nurses, the unsung heroes, who day after day see the painful realities of cancer and yet do their best to make you comfortable and feel like the most important person in their world. Chemo was followed by radiation. I made a conscious commitment to embrace some version of normal each day.

No matter how much love and support you have, the journey is personal. You have to learn to cope – to draw strength, embrace your beliefs and carry on. You won’t always have “up” days, so accept that – crying is ok.

Time is precious, but there are a multitude of angels, making the journey easier by giving their time. The list is endless – helping us grasp normal through the difficult times – all so much appreciated. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices these people made – they are the focus of this story.

The years passed, and in 2015 those fateful words – you have metastatic cancer – in one spot – in your arm. I was given the medical advice to keep the cancer comfortable as it spread – it was after all metastatic cancer – I searched for other options. This story is about tireless researchers and groundbreaking advancements. You have a say in your medical journey – it is a team effort.

In 2016 my cancer treated arm broke, and was repaired – but the story continues. In May of this year that surgery failed and I endured extensive surgery to rebuild my arm with a cadaver femur. I am thankful to someone who signed a donor card and made this surgery possible. Life is meant to be lived – and I do celebrate each day and each milestone.

So this is who I am. If you “peeked under my hat” this is what I hope you would see – a woman with simple faith.  To all those who are walking this journey with us – thank you – and may God richly bless your lives. You have blessed ours.

I have purposely left out the day-to-day struggles of this disease, preferring to tell the overall story. Remember, a cancer diagnosis does not define the person. I am not the disease. This poem I wrote as a reminder, that we are not alone.

It has been 11 years since I joined the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure in Guelph for the first time. Today we have the opportunity to join together in honouring our loved ones, and making a real difference.

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