For the fifth year, the Calgary Stampede Showband showed their support for participants of the CIBC Run for the Cure by putting on their uniforms and performing along the route to show their support for the fight against breast cancer.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women, with one in four cancer diagnoses being breast cancer. In Canada, one in nine women is expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer cases are also projected to increase 55 per cent by 2030. Breast cancer prevention and treatment is only increasing in importance for Calgarians. The CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single day, volunteer-led event in support of creating a future without breast cancer. Over 100,000 Canadians, who have a personal connection and want to show their support participate and raise funds every year.
“In the past few years it has been a great way to support breast cancer and raising awareness and positive spirits for those fighting,” said Sarah Wigglesworth, a five-year Showband member.
The Calgary Stampede Showband has performed at the CIBC Run for the Cure since 2012. Being a part of this event is an important experience for Showband members. It is always the first performance of the year, and every year approximately 40-50 new members put their uniform on for the first time in support of the run. They also wear a pink bandanna in support of the cause. This bandana is an important symbol: being part of the Showband means being a part of Calgary’s community as a whole.
The Calgary Stampede Foundation is committed to developing strong youth who, through their experiences in Stampede youth programs, understand the importance of being involved in their communities. Performing at the run provides a meaningful opportunity for the Showband to see our community members working together for an important cause and demonstrates how we can support and work together to make our community a better place.
Source: Canadian Cancer Society. “Breast Cancer in Canada, 2016.” Canadian Cancer Society, 2017. http://www.cbcf.org/central/AboutBreastCancerMain/FactsStats/Pages/Breast-Cancer-Canada.aspx. Accessed September 29, 2017