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CHARITY SALUTE

“Running with TNT was such an amazing experience. I had never thought of running for a charity before, but when I ran my first Nike women’s marathon I saw all these people on course in purple T-shirts and was intrigued by what it was. A few months later over Twitter my local TNT chapter and I started communicating. I fell in love with TNT. I no longer had to train alone, but rather I was training with an amazing group of women who were all running for the same cause. Knowing my fundraising dollars were going towards helping someone with cancer—a disease that has affected my family—and knowing that with each step I was making a difference made each kilometre worth it.”

Tackling the Big C Colleen Curtis enlists family and friends in her work with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Run for the Cure 
 Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Colleen Curtis wanted to do something that would give her a positive focus as she went through her treatment. In her first year, she managed to rally family and friends and registered her Run for the Cure team of some 50 runners and walkers. “Going through treatment I felt out of control, and isolated,” she explains, “but having this team made me feel connected to my own life with something that was really important and empowering.”
 WHAT IT MEANS: As a patient, Curtis has witnessed the difference that every dollar makes. It’s a difference that she says goes beyond important medical research and to the heart of personalized treatment. “Over the past six years, I’ve seen changes in support offered to the whole family, in dealing with the psychological aspects of women with breast cancer and taking more of a team approach to treatment.”

— TIARA FOLKES, CALGARY

iRun to eat dark chocolate and drink red wine! — Michelle Kennedy, Ontario

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Hero’s Journey

Colin Arnott runs for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Camp BUCKO (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) and to pay homage to his brother Ken. When Colin Arnott’s brother Ken passed away suddenly as the result of a stroke, the Pickering firefighter knew he wanted to do something in his brother’s memory. An accomplished trail runner whose record for the Seaton Soaker 50 kilometre distance still holds, a race was obviously going to be a special tribute to a runner’s memory. BEST PART: “For me, it’s giving back to the medical profession and the community,” explains Arnott. As a firefighter, he doesn’t see burn victims after a rescue. Designating Camp BUCKO as one of the charities of choice offers emergency workers (including Arnott) the chance to have an additional impact in the lives of these children. REMEMBERING KEN: Having run ultra marathons including 100-mile events together, Arnott continues to honour and pay tribute to his brother. In May, Arnott ran the 100-mile distance at the Sulfur Springs Trail Race in Burlington, Ontario wearing the bib his brother had worn the last time he ran the event.

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