Breast cancer is one of the top three diagnosed cancers in the Yukon. One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. These are the staggering realities of breast cancer. Early detection is critical in beating this disease.

That is why the Run for Mom committee (and the entire Yukon Territory) has been relentless at fundraising for state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, such as the mammography machine and the breast ultrasound at Whitehorse General Hospital. Funds from Run for Mom have also decorated the mammography suite at the hospital, designed special gowns for ladies to wear during their exams, and financially supported Paddlers Abreast, a Yukon River Quest team. All of this has been made possible by the continued financial support of the Yukon community each year at Run for Mom.

Run for Mom in Whitehorse is celebrating its 21st year. The event takes place on Mother’s Day, May 12, at the SS Klondike. Registration begins at 12 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Shagadelica, with a warm-up led by Gurdeep Pandher. The route follows the 4.2 km paved Millennium Trail. The finish line features snacks and drinks, courtesy of Tim Horton’s, Super A Foods in Porter Creek, and G and P Distributing. Treats for all participants!

Limited edition artwork shirts will be available for $20. These navy-blue long-sleeved shirts quickly become collectibles. This year’s theme is “When life gives you lemons…..” When you see folks around town wearing a Run for Mom shirt, it serves as a reminder that our community is dedicated to supporting breast health and raising awareness about breast cancer.

Go to RunForMom.com to download the pledge form. Get sponsored by family, friends, coworkers and neighbours. It’s easy! Hand in your pledge sheets and donations the day of the event.

Run For Mom is thrilled to announce that several rural communities are hosting their own Run for Mom events this year. Watch for the colourful posters soon to be delivered to Atlin, Beaver Creek, Carmacks, Dawson City, Haines Junction and Mayo. A record number for the Yukon Territory!

Riding Alone Together for Dad