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Hundreds raise money for cancer patients

The Campbell-Dickinson Bike/Run/Walk was held Saturday in Toronto.

Saturday's cold temperatures didn't stop a crowd from attending the annual Campbell-Dickinson Bike/Run/Walk.

Nearly1,000 participants came out for the event that helps raise awareness and money for those affected by cancer.

Most didn't seem to mind the cold weather; it gave them more incentive to finish their race, but there was no bigger reason to participate than the cause.

"We've all had people that have died (from cancer)," said George Komar, race coordinator.

It's hard to find someone who hasn't been affected by cancer.

"My mother-in-law passed away," said Tina McGrath.

"We've had family members that have been survivors and lost family members to cancer," said Nancy Porreca.

"We've all been touched by cancer, so we're giving back," Komar said.

Money raised from the races, gifts and apparel all benefit those affected by cancer.

"To be here, to be a part of the event, to know that what you're doing is changing lives, it's an unspeakable feeling inside your chest, truly," said Matt Lewis, St. Baldrick's coordinator.

"I know that it's a good cause and I want to support all the families who need it," said Marianne Dubois.

"To know that there's going to be somebody out there that has to have treatment, and this might be the only way they can get it. You know, Toronto is a good community, they support so many people, and so many events, but this has just grown, it's amazing," said Porreca.

Jenny Dickinson is a coordinator of the event and a 7-year breast cancer survivor.

"Every year I feel it just gets bigger and better. It runs smoothly. So many people I just think love coming here to just support what it's for," Dickinson said.

Race coordinator George Komar says it's all of those who come out to support that make Toronto what it is.

"Those are the jewels that make up the gem in Gem City. It's beautiful," Komar said.


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