Friday, August 14, 2015

CIBC Run for the Cure Local Hero - Vanessa Yu

Vanessa Yu, Team Captain and Local Hero, CIBC Run for the Cure

In 2014 my mom discovered a lump in her breast and armpit during a self-breast exam. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. After a whirlwind eight months, she had a total mastectomy, endured chemotherapy, and completed radiation therapy.

Early in her diagnosis, I decided to create a team to support her and also give hope to her future by creating awareness and funding for breast cancer, especially triple negative breast cancer and its future targeted therapies.

Being a team captain was simple and straight forward, compared to what patients have to go through, as well as, I found it important for myself to be involved and take control of what I could to help my mom through it. The diagnosis of cancer leaves the patient and family feeling vulnerable and helpless in many ways.

Read more about Vanessa Yu's personal story and why she participates as a Team Captain for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.  Vanessa is one of 130+ Local Heroes across Canada sharing their stories to inspire others to continue supporting the Foundation's vision of creating a future without breast cancer.

With 50 days left until the CIBC Run for the Cure, there is plenty of time to participate. Walk, run, donate or volunteer.  For women like Vanessa, your participation means everything.  Join us on Sunday, October 4th at the 24th annual CIBC Run for the Cure. Learn more at