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Kim MacKay, Nova Scotia

​For 19 years, Kim MacKay and her daughters have not missed a single Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Hailing from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Kim began participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure with her daughters on behalf of different people in their lives who had breast cancer. But in 2007, Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer and the CIBC Run for the Cure suddenly meant more to her than a family tradition.
In 2007, a friend urged Kim to get her first mammogram. Only 41, she didn’t feel the need to book one, but it was a test that saved her life. After her mammogram she had to get a core biopsy and her doctor came back to her saying she had Stage I breast cancer. Kim opted for a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, which was successful in eliminating the cancer from her body. Although it was an arduous process, Kim is thankful she did not have to go through chemotherapy or radiation. Having breast cancer changed Kim’s life forever, fueling her to be strong for her daughters.
After her mastectomy, participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure every year reinforces her desire to be that strong figure for her daughters. Run Day has also become a time for celebration and reflection for her family and friends. Kim notes that an especially momentous year was when she and her friend, who has Stage 4 breast cancer, crossed the finish line together and were each handed a pink carnation. Going to the CIBC Run for the Cure every year gives her the opportunity to support those affected by breast cancer and get that support in return. Kim is hopeful for the future and knows that the first weekend of October will always serve as a reminder of that hope. 


Pictured: Kim and her daughters participating in their first CIBC Run for the Cure 19 years ago and present day*

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