I asked Tys if I could write this blog post. I wanted to thank you for getting behind the indestri Run for the Cure team the way you did.
This event in many ways is like my baby. From 2008 until 2012 I was the volunteer run director for the Collingwood Run Site.
12 months a year for 5 years I spent planning the event. This was my first year participating in the event solely as a team captain since 2007.
It means a great deal to me that CFI supports this event the way they do.
In 2003 I lost my father to cancer (Multiple Myeloma / bone cancer) he was 4 days shy of his 56th birthday, my oldest daughter (Emma) was just 5 weeks old.
Within just over a month I had experienced both the happiest day of my life and the saddest. My world would be forever changed. It was then that I decided I needed to do my part in the fight against cancer. Not only had cancer taken my father from me, but 29 years before that it took my grandfather, and one of my aunts is a breast cancer survivor. Like many cancer had touched my family more times then I’d like, and I felt I needed to do something about it. Little did I know then, that in 2012 my mother would also be diagnosed with Breast Cancer!
Since 2008 I have been a part of helping to organize 3 events (multiple times) for CBCF, the Run for the Cure, the Tubbs Romp to Stomp and the Remax Breast Cancer Ski Day. I have an enormous passion for fundraising for a future without breast cancer and have helped to raise over One Million dollars for CBCF.
It’s not something that I usually tell everyone about, but since taking on the role of volunteer Run Director for the Run for the Cure, I have been incredibly humbled and honoured to have received quite a few awards as well as nominations.
In 2009 I was award the New Run Director Award for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario Region, I was also named a Grass Roots Hero by On The Bay Magazine that year.
In 2010 I was nominated for both the Erin McBride Leadership Award for Returning Run Directors as well as the Outstanding Volunteer Award (Winning the Outstanding Volunteer Award) for CBCF.
In 2011 I was again nominated for Outstanding Volunteer for CBCF and in 2011 I was also named to the Order of Collingwood, being born and raised in Collingwood this is something that I am incredibly honoured to have received.
I’m telling you all of this because I wanted you to know this while I was honoured, proud and humbled to have received recognition for each of these awards.
(I didn’t get involved in the cause to be recognized, in fact, I’m more of a behind the scenes kind of girl.)
That on Sunday, receiving the Top Corporate team with CFI at the run site, was one of my proudest moments. Standing with each of you, we came together as a team, and as a team we brought out over 105 members, raised over $17,500. Having each of you get behind this cause and event like that, I am beyond proud and incredibly honoured to be part of CFI!
Everyone has there own reason why this event is important to them, whether you’re a survivor, have a survivor in your family, have lost someone very special, or you just want to help create a future without breast cancer, or maybe you were just sick of hearing us tell you to register! Whatever the reason, I just really wanted to say Thank you!
We now have some pretty big shoes to fill in 2014!
Jen "The Kipping Machine" Nichol http://squeezyourlemons.blogspot.ca/ http://issuu.com/onthebaymagazine/docs/otb-holiday09/13