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The Burns family, from left, Kendall, Shelby, Wendy, Nathan, Mitchell and Mallory, will be participating in Sunday’s CIBC Run for the Cure this Sunday.
In one way or another, virtually every family has been touched by cancer. And every one of those families has a different story to tell.
Each family also has a different reason for making time to get involved in and support this weekend’s annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
The Burns family of Freetown, Prince Edward Island, has farmed for seven generations. With deep roots in the community, they pride themselves in being compassionate, helpful and generous.
As egg farmers, they are also familiar with this annual fundraiser since the Egg Farmers of Canada is marking its third anniversary as the official nutritional partner for the run.
Three years ago Wendy signed up for the event through the Egg Farmers of Canada and fell in love with the experience.
“I had a great time. It was so much fun to have the kids at the finish line cheering me on.”
The following year, her four kids and her husband, Nathan, decided to participate and they’re doing it all again on Sunday.
“We feel it’s important to contribute wherever we can for different causes and this one is very important. It’s a nice feeling to look around and know everybody is there for the same reason.”
All of the family members are excited to be part of the experience of raising money to find a cure for cancer.
“We’re like every other Canadian, we want to support research into a disease that touches many people. We like to participate and be involved with our community members,” said Wendy Burns.
This same desire to reach out and do something has touched members of Joyce Perry’s family. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, and her grandson, Tyson Carter, will be running in the event for her.
The active 16-year-old has participated in several charitable events within the last three years and is not about to change anytime soon.
“He just loves to help people, always fundraising and giving back,” said his mother, Colleen Carter.
When the news came out about the diagnosis, Tyson’s bond grew stronger with his grandmother. In her bright spirited ways and positive attitude, she helped Tyson deal with the reality of cancer.
“They’re very close now,” Colleen said.
Tyson is doing everything in his power to make a difference, not because he has to or was asked to, but because he wants to.
And he’s well on his way. Besides running on Sunday, Tyson will be donating his hair to Locks of Love, after letting it grow since December.
“I’m so proud of my sons. I’ve worked so hard as a single mother to raise both my sons. To know he has so many great qualities that he’s taken from me and my family is encouraging,” she added.