Paying it forward to benefit all Canadians
2017 marks Glenn Trueman’s 11th year of volunteering as part of Team CIBC for the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure.
When he started his current job as a CIBC branch manager in Charlottetown, PEI, Glenn became involved as a committee member and Run volunteer. “After being involved with the Run for a year, I was talking to my mom who shared with me that my great-grandmother had had breast cancer and that, in those days, breast cancer was not a topic of conversation,” says Glenn.
Once he learned his family story, breast cancer became a personal issue for Glenn and his involvement with the Run took on a new meaning. “Hearing statistics like ‘1 in 8 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime’ made me think of my wife and daughter and how a cure for breast cancer would positively impact their futures.” For Glenn, the best part of the Run is at the end of the Run when it’s revealed how much money has been raised. “I get a lump in my throat each year, without fail. It’s at this moment when I realize what we have been working so hard to accomplish.” Glenn’s experience on a Run committee allowed him to better understand the impact of the funds raised by the CIBC Run for the Cure. “Money raised through the Run gives people affected by breast cancer hope, which is truly a gift for all Canadians,” he says.
Glenn added that working for the Run’s title sponsor, CIBC, makes him appreciate his employer even more. “I take pride in knowing I work for a company who wants to make a difference in the future of breast cancer.” Do you know anyone who is looking to make a difference while gaining skills, connections and friends? Tell them about the unique opportunity to volunteer with the CIBC Run for the Cure!
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