In May 2010, the Canadian Cancer Society posted these statistics relative to breast cancer in both men and women. That’s right – MEN as well as women, are affected by breast cancer each year. I was not aware that men could develop breast cancer until this week, and I was stunned. The following statistics were posted on the Canadian Cancer Society’s web site:
- An estimated 23,200 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,300 will die of it.
- An estimated 180 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 50 will die of it.
- On average, 445 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every week.
- On average, 100 Canadian women will die of breast cancer every week.
In Quebec, approximately 6100 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Today, I achieved one of the goals I had set for 2010 – I participated in CIBC’s Run for the Cure by doing a 5K walk in Montreal. While I haven’t been personally affected by breast cancer, I feel that it’s important to support this cause, particularly since my family has been touched by other forms of cancer (there’s just no run/walk for those!).
It was the perfect day for the run/walk – Mother Nature pulled through with clear blue skies and lots of sunshine (though it was pretty cold – I had frost on my car windows when I left this morning!). The energy felt at the run site was fantastic, with approximately 20,000 men, women, children and dogs showing their support. Here are some of the photos that I took today.
On the way to the run site – Olympic Stadium:
A few more pics taken on the way to the run site:
Arriving at the run site… Hello!
Even the dogs dressed for the occasion:
My favorite ladies – the tap dancers!
Even the HABs mascot Youpi came to show his support:
Starting the walk – this woman wrote “I am running for a future without breast cancer.”:
Here come the tap ladies!
In French, ‘sympathetic’ is ‘sympathique’ – this fellow got creative and called his team ‘Sein Patique.’ ‘Sein’ means ‘breast’ in French.
I think this is my favorite shot, though it doesn’t appear to be boob-related:
The finish line!
A small glimpse of the 20,000 supporters in Montreal:
The wall of hope (I was surprised – it was pretty small):
It was a great day, and I want to thank everyone who sponsored me this year. According to The Gazette, Montreal alone raised $2.1M this year!
Did any of you participate in a breast cancer run this year?