Queen's teams first in Run for the Cure post-secondary challenge
Queen’s University teams took the lead at the CIBC Run for the Cure last week collecting more than $102,000 for breast cancer research.
Two of Queen’s 16 teams took the top spots for money raised. Queen’s was also the top post-secondary institution, finishing ahead of the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta.
K.Lo’s Krew – started by members of Queen’s Advancement to support colleague Karen Logan, an Advancement colleague who is currently fighting breast cancer – was the top post-secondary team in Canada with more than $41,000. The Queen’s Rugby Football Club took second with $34,000.
“The fact we ended up as the top post-secondary team in Canada really illustrates that when you are willing to stand up for something important, the sky is the limit. There is no reason not to think big and aim high,” says Jodi Snowdon, who co-captained the 142-member K. Lo’s Krew with colleague Kim Wilkinson.
Queen’s Rugby has been an avid supporter of the Run for the Cure since 2000, when a team member’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, the team has raised more than $200,000.
“The Run for the Cure is a great cause that we are proud to support and will continue to raise money for many years to come,” said rugby club executive member Michael van der Westhuizen, who organizes the fundraising squad with Colin Greenwood.
Approximately 170,000 people took part in Run for the Cure events across Canada this year, raising more than $30 million for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.