Charitable Calgary minor soccer playing Rams will run for the cure for third time together
By April Cruz
For the past two years, Calgary Minor Soccer WRC’s girls U18 Rams have come together off the soccer pitch in the name of giving back.
This September’s ‘CIBC Run for the Cure’, the young women will be running for the third time as a team to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.
The Rams coach, Heather Brunette, is proud of her U18′s for being willing and interested in supporting this event. Her daughters are on the team, and have been participating in the run for several years. Like many Canadians, breast cancer has touched their family, making this event close to their hearts.
Initially, the girls discussed wanting to support the community where the Willow Ridge Carburn Soccer Club resides. The ‘CIBC Run for the Cure’ takes place at Southcentre Mall in the south of Calgary, close to the club.
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As well, Brunette’s daughters had participated for six years and suggested this event to the team. They all agreed it was a great cause and reason to run.
“They really get excited about doing it. Even the girls who have aged out will come back to do it with us for the third time,” said Brunette. “They sport the pink, even our (WRC) coaches and technical directors show up dressed in pink to support us.”
Their experience the first time around, really opened their eyes to the reality of how many Canadians are impacted by breast cancer.
‘They were amazed at how many people have been touched by breast cancer,” shared Brunette. “They were blown away by the number of people who were there.”
This lead to the Calgary Minor Soccer Rams wanting to be a part of the event again.
“We make a donation as a team to the cause and will do so again this September 30,” Brunette added.
The five kilometer run is walked by many participants. The Rams however are expected to run all of it.
Once they complete the run, they will convene at Brunette’s house for a team breakfast. A nice way to top the morning together.
The ‘CIBC Run for the Cure’ means a lot to Brunette’s daughter, Laura.
“The first time I ran in the event, my grandmother had just recovered from breast cancer. That’s why I wanted to do it,” shared Laura. “To see how many people are affected by this, it motivated me to do it every year.”
Participating in the run with her teammates brought even more meaning to the event for Laura.
“It was the best feeling! My soccer team is like my second family and to have them come together and do this with me, it was incredible,” she said.
The Calgary Minor Soccer Rams will be once again breaking out the pink to run in or with on Sunday, September 30 at Southcentre Mall.
“Everybody does the pink and something different. We’re a mish-mash of pink stuff,” Laura said, laughing.
They should be easy to spot. The Rams will literally be running for the cure and positively changing lives in the process, including their own.
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