Alison Mercer of Port Hardy startles a crow on the sidewalk while leading the early stage of the CIBC Run for the Cure on Mine Road in Port McNeill Sunday

Cruisin’ for the cause

A group of around 20 did their part to battle breast cancer in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure Sunday.

PORT McNEILL—A small but dedicated group of about 20 runners and walkers, some pushing strollers or accompanied by dogs on leashes, did their part to battle breast cancer in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure Sunday.

Participants raised funds by setting up pledge pages on the CIBC Run for the Cure website, then ran or walked their choice of a 5-kilometre or 2.5-km route of Port McNeill streets.

The event began at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Management on Mine Road and finished at the local CIBC branch downtown.

Several volunteers awaited under a large canopy at the bank, with drinks and snacks, stuffed teddy bears, pins and information pamphlets, and cheered on the runners as they finished.

The event, combined with CIBC’s fundraising barbecue during OrcaFest in August, raised money that will be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer research and treatment.