Dr. Julie Arsenault is a radiation oncologist and researcher at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. She is also a member of the BRIGHT Run executive committee.

When, how and why did you get involved in the BRIGHT Run?

I was fortunate to be a BRIGHT Run grant recipient in 2014 in support of the ARTEMIS study. That year, I quickly decided it was time to give back. What better way than to get involved with the BRIGHT Run to help raise funds for future research? I became a member of the BRIGHT Run executive committee that year and never looked back.

How does your work for the BRIGHT Run fit with your job?

As a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer, I have the honour of accompanying patients through their treatment journey. I see tremendous value in quality research to help guide treatments and improve patient outcomes, and am myself involved in breast cancer research. As such, I see in BRIGHT Run great opportunities to improve patient care and am honoured to be part of it.

What do you do for the BRIGHT Run?

I am responsible for overseeing all that is “teams” related. The executive committee consists of multiple subcommittees and I head the teams committee. Team captains are always welcome to reach out with any questions about the event, fundraising tips, or anything else we can help with.

Why is the BRIGHT Run’s 10th anniversary important to you?

BRIGHT Run 10 highlights how far we’ve come. It’s an opportunity to showcase the successes that we have achieved and set goals for the future. It’s a milestone that each person involved should be proud to celebrate!

How do you feel about the BRIGHT Run? Do you have any personal/family connections to breast cancer?

BRIGHT Run holds a very special place in my heart. There is something magical about that sea of pink that we all get to witness on that (usually) rainy weekend in September. It’s a unique opportunity to be able to get together with co-workers, family, friends, patients and their own families and friends in support of each other, and in support of breast cancer research. I think everyone would agree that the day is just as moving as it is electric.