Guest Blogger: “The Pink Benefit” Fundraising for Evelyn by Kym Stasiuk

I am always happy to open my blog to friends and family who need a platform to share and educate others. When I learned of the seriousness of a neighbours illness I knew I had to act. I grew up in Hamilton Ontario on a small street busy with kids and fun. We had epic games of hide and go seek which took place over many front lawns, and road basketball games that went on all night. We were a community connected and caring. I grew up across the street from a family of six kids, most of us were similar in age, the Stasiuk family. They were… are… one of the most loving families I have ever met. A house filled with music, creativity, deep love, and great laughter. Last August while on maternity leave with her second child, my neighbour Evelyn Stasiuk, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer and thus unable to work. I’ve heard regular updates from my dad, who still lives across from the Stasiuk family, and the hardships that they are going through, please take a minute to learn about Evelyn and her family and if you can, please donate.

UPDATE: Tilt have agreed to wave all fees connected to this campaign. 100% of donations will go towards the Stasiuk family.

SONY DSCAs some of you may be aware, my brother Galen’s wife, Evelyn, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer last August, something very rare for a woman still in her 30s. At that time, Evelyn was on maternity leave with their second child and the family was living in Cape Breton where Galen had recently accepted seasonal employment as the head chef at the well-known dining and live Celtic music venue, The Red Shoe Pub. Unfortunately, the testing revealed that the cancer had already spread to Evelyn’s liver and spine. The doctors’ recommended that the family return home to Hamilton immediately so that Evelyn could receive proper care at McMaster Hospital. Taking this advice, Galen left his job at the Red Shoe and returned home to Hamilton where Evelyn would commence chemotherapy treatment that September. For obvious reasons, neither she nor he has been able to return to work since the diagnosis and instead have focused entirely on battling this illness, while raising two small children (ages 1 and 3).

IMG_0090 Evelyn’s co-workers are organizing a fundraising event for her at the Royal Canadian Legion located at 435 Limeridge Road East in Hamilton (across the street from Limeridge Mall) from 7pm to 1am on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Funds raised will be used to support Evelyn and her family while she continues to receive care during this difficult time. Tickets are $10 each. If you are in the area and interested in attending the event, please contact Evelyn’s sister, Jenn by email at

If you would like to support the cause but are not able to attend the event, an online campaign has started where donations can be made at, using the following link:

Thanks in advance for your consideration and support,


Running For a Cure While Building a Community

CBCF_EnglishThe one thing I hadn’t anticipated at Sunday’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure was the immense sense of community and connectedness I would feel, and being someone who prides herself of building community, I was really surprised that I didn’t clue in to it sooner.

127,000 participants and volunteers came together on Sunday’s Run day. This number is huge, and a huge amount of money was raised, $25 million for innovative breast cancer research, health education, and advocacy initiatives throughout Canada. But from what I saw, the money wasn’t what this day was about.

While I had originally signed up for the Run at the Toronto Zoo, my husband and I joined his work colleagues at Lakeview Park in Oshawa, Ontario. Here a giant community of young and old pink wigs, feather boas, and tutus galore could be seen. People were connecting for a cause and making a difference, both financially, hopefully physically, and definitely emotionally. I was inspired by the people I met who were participating to honour and support their friends, family, and the breast cancer community. Many families from my husband’s work were present to walk in support of a colleague. This run brought them together to socialize, reflect, support, and have fun.

Thank you to each of you who read, shared, and donated, helping me reach my fundraising goal. I am deeply thankful for your incredible support, committing to the CIBC Run for the Cure, and the breast cancer cause.thank-you-heart-pink

What to Wear When You Run For A Cure!

This weekend is the big run. For over a month you and your team have been preparing for this day. With only a few days left, it’s time to think about what to wear!

Now the obvious answer is PINK! It’s the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure after all. But what else? Here are my top four items when heading out to crush some run goals for a great cause.

**Note that at time of publish the Weather Network is reporting 14 degrees with a chance of showers. So keep that in mind and dress for the weather! **

Running Shoes
This should be an obvious one, but I don’t want it to get over looked. You should wear a pair of runners that you’ve practiced in. They shouldn’t be to worn and should have enough cushioning and stability appropriate for your running biomechanics. With news of rain, consider a good pair of moisture-wicking running socks or wool socks which can keep your feet dry and can help prevent blisters.

On Top
A singlet, t-shirt, or long sleeve shirt. Your attire will be influenced by your goals and possibly the weather. Consider a loose fitting tank top if you are planning on crushing the 5km with your fastest run yet. A t-shirt or long sleeve shirt might be more appropriate if you’re planning on a less vigorous and longer effort. Your fabric should definitely be moisture wicking to keep you dry and of course, the colour of your choice should be pink!

Down Below
Shorts, capris or long running tights are basic elements in any runner’s wardrobe. Look again for technical fabrics that will keep you dry. Similar to what you wear on top, you’ll want to have your outfit reflect your goals. Again if you’re wanting to hammer out an epic fast time, shorter is better. If you’re keeping it more leisurely consider capris or pants. So me, I don’t like my legs to get wet, so capris if it’s warmer and tights if it colder when running in the rain. Pink pants? Why not!
Check out my Pinterest board of running style for more ideas on sweating in something cute.

Even in the rain, sunblock is a must. Be sure to use at least an SPF-30 or higher. My sunblock is built into my daily moisturizer and make-up, so I know I’m always covered.

Bonus: Post Run
Also consider bringing a change of clothes for after the run, consider a long sleeve shirt or sweater and even a change of comfy pants. With rain you might even want a change of socks or shoes. The most important thing to remember is that you are getting out there for a great cause, so no matter the weather in your area, have fun, smile lots, and cheer loud!

Although time is ticking, if you haven’t already done so, you can still register to walk or run, donate or volunteer. Donate to my walk here!