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

Oakley Ambassador Contest Update 3: Thanks

Thank you everyone for your votes so far. This contest has been a great eye opener to my supportive networks and the love I feel from my fitness community, family, and friends. many of you I have only met through social media and you continue to support me and share my posts with your networks. I am beyond honoured and appreciate everything you are doing to help me reach this goal.

Why An Oakley Ambassador?

As you know, much of the work that I do has always supported the promotion of physical activity and healthy, active living, with two particular audiences, children and women. As an Oakley ambassador I would be honoured to continue to share this passion and enthusiasm with the women in my community and abroad.

Through this opportunity it would be my intention to motivate, empower, and celebrate women by continuing to model a healthy, active, and fun lifestyle through my interactions on social media and through various in person community events.

I would challenge myself and the women in my community to live a great life on a daily basis. Sharing my love for healthy living and helping others to grow and develop their own love for an active lifestyle is what drives me. I would use this opportunity to learn from everyone as we grow together, living and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

I still need your support!

The contest runs until May 8th. You can vote daily which increases my chance of becoming an ambassador and your chances of winning 1 of 6 $500 Oakley training gear prize packs. The voting process is very easy and takes 1 minute. So click here and vote away!