Weyburn resident fundraising for CIBC Run for the Cure

Melanie Sorensen of Weyburn is raising funds for breast cancer research with a goal of $2,500 for the CIBC Run for the Cure

WEYBURN – Weyburn resident Melanie Sorensen is raising funds to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 2 in Regina and is asking for support from the community to help her achieve her goal.

“The Canadian Cancer Society’s CIBC Run for the Cure is close to my heart because breast cancer has impacted my life and the people I care about most. I want to create a future without cancer. Some of you may know that I also lost both of my parents to cancer, my mother to colon cancer in 2008 (I always thought this would be the one I would have to deal with) and my father to lung cancer in 2011,” she said.

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“I signed up to attend and fundraise for this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday October 2nd. I will run in Regina.”

She said she is proud to be part of a meaningful event that raises funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research and support programs and services for those affected by the disease.

“My goal is to raise $2,500. With your help, I can reach my goal and make a difference for so many people,” she said, noting that she was able to increase her goal from $1,500 because of the support she received.

Giving an update on her treatments, Sorensen said: “I’ve now had two successful treatments and I’ve had a port implanted for the chemotherapy to enter a main vein directly – no more IVs. I can say my tumor shrunk to half its size when I had my first treatment which felt like it was erupting from my right side (estimated at the time between 7-8cm).

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“For the most part, I feel really good doing all the things that are suggested (gargle several times a day, take all medications as directed, walks, yoga, naps). I swear, between deadlines and schedules, and that pill that day and that injection for those five days, blood work, etc., anyone who can handle chemotherapy should just get a project management certificate.”

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She added that she was able to take a break from work with the full support of her colleagues here in Weyburn in the Nexans factory and finance department. and headquarters in Markham, Ontario.

“Without the help of my team or the generous benefits package I have, taking this time to put all my energy into treatment and healing would not be an option for me. I shudder to think how a single parent working a minimum-wage job would even get by,” she said.

Her colleagues at Nexans are also collecting donations at their locations in Canada to become “Electrified for a Cure”.

To donate to her Run for the Cure goal, visit her personal page at: https://support.cancer.ca/site/TR/RunfortheCure/RFTC_NW_odd_?px=14246131&pg=personal&fr_id=28543&s_src=CD_PC_mobile_email_button

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