Georgina Mitropoulos participated in her first BRIGHT Run last year.

“I’ve never been an athlete, I never ran before,” said the 42-year-old mom of Charlie, who will be four in September. “But I ran in the BRIGHT Run and I loved every minute of it.”

The running is one of what Georgina calls her “gifts from cancer;” the others include skating and, next winter, skiing.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at 39, hope became a watchword for Georgina.

“I had zero fear during my treatment, although the hardest part has been the fear afterwards, the idea that for every bump and bruise, I should go to the doctor,” she said. “But during treatment, I had a strong sense of hope. I felt strength and support from my family and friends.”

Georgina underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction, as well as 25 rounds of radiation therapy.

Her BRIGHT Run team, GG’s GORGEOUS GALS, is registered to participate in BRIGHT Run 2017 and Georgina has found other ways to give back.

She and her husband Fraser Macfarlane, both chefs, met 14 years ago while both were working at Toronto’s Scaramouche Restaurant. Seven years ago, after returning from a spell in London, England, they opened their own restaurant, Quatrefoil in Dundas. Two and a half years ago, they created Brux House Craft Beer + Kitchen in Hamilton.

Now the food created by Georgina and Fraser is one of the high points of the annual BRIGHT Run Launch Party, held at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. in Dundas for the past two years. And every Friday in June, the pair has a promotion through which Quatrefoil will donate funds to the BRIGHT Run.

Enjoy a five-course seasonal tasting menu, at $66 per person, and $2 from each meal will be donated to the BRIGHT Run. We think eating our way to a donation is a terrific treat! Reservations are recommended.