The BRIGHT Run is a non-competitive, family friendly 1km/5km walk or run which is held annually on the first Saturday after Labour Day.

On that day, the Dundas Valley Conservation Area is magically transformed into a pink oasis of music, laughter, friendship and, yes, a few tears. Members of our local breast cancer community – including many healthcare practitioners – come together to support each other, share stories, celebrate success and remember.

Together, we listen to speakers and musical entertainment, take group photos, browse a range of displays. We warm-up and hit the trail, returning to receive our medals.

We buy raffle tickets, bid on silent auction items, have something to eat. The top fundraisers are announced, the cheque is presented and we know we’ve made a huge difference to our community of breast cancer patients, families and researchers.

Each year, more than 1,000 participants of all ages come together to support local breast cancer research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Since the first BRIGHT Run in 2008, 16 research studies have been funded by the BRIGHT Run, which has raised more than $3.5 million.

Thanks to the generosity of many community partners who cover the costs of organizing and hosting the event, ALL funds raised by participants go directly and entirely to breast cancer research.

The JCC serves the large area defined by our Local Health Integration Network (LHIM): Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Burlington and most of Norfolk. That area takes in 1.5 to 1.7 million people. The JCC sees more than 7,000 new patients each year.