Become a Community Partner

“Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

The BRIGHT Run believes that every investment made will build a stronger future for the community in which we live and participate. Aligning with community partners ensures that, together, we can support in ways that we couldn’t as individuals.

In the mutual alignment to support the needs of the community, our partners are ensuring that the support needed to make the yearly BRIGHT Run continues. Their dedication is acknowledged and seen throughout the community.

The funds received from our community partners go directly to purchase the basics required to organize and host the annual BRIGHT Run event. This means that 100% of the money raised by the participants goes directly to research.

Together, the BRIGHT Run and our community partners support the continuing overall improvement of health in the area of breast cancer research where we all live, work and thrive.

Why Become a BRIGHT Run Community Partner?

We are LOCAL
  • Local participants support the local cancer centre. The money they raise funds for research at Hamilton’s Juravinski Cancer Centre and McMaster University.
We Support Research
  • BRIGHT has funded 17 local research projects, covering areas such as symptom management, surgical intervention, prevention, and genetic predisposition.
  • BRIGHT has partnered with McMaster University to endow the BRIGHT Run Learning Health System Chair. The first holder of this permanent position, Dr. Ashirbani Saha, is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve screening, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for people with breast cancer. She has led the implementation of a single data and analytics platform, and now is collaborating with local researchers on using the AI for both research and clinical practice. Recently, Dr. Saha developed an AI model for predicting cosmesis, from digital photographs, of patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy.
  • PYNK Program was established in Sept 2022 in partnership with the Jesin-Neuberger Foundation to focus on the unique needs of young people under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer. The program, which began taking referrals in the spring of 2023, helps patients find the services they need and will provide research and innovation opportunities, as well as being a source of participants for clinical trials. JCC is home to only one of three such programs in Ontario.
We are for Everybody
  • All ages, stages and abilities are welcome to walk, run, or stroll a 1K or 5K route. Leashed dogs are also welcome to join us for a day of community and celebration.
We Need Our Community Partners
  • Our community partners provide direct financial support to cover event organizing and hosting costs, as well as discounted and/or complementary goods and services. Because of those valuable contributions, every dollar raised by our participants goes directly to research.
We Get Things Done
  • More than 1,400 participants and 200 volunteers attend each year to make the BRIGHT Run an exciting and inspiring event. Since the first BRIGHT Run in 2008, we have raised more than $5.5 million to support research in our community.
  • Even during COVID-19, BRIGHT Run thrived. Our 2020 and 2021 virtual events raised $333,000+ and $367,000+ respectively.
  • In 2023, BRIGHT Run raised over $440,000!

Let’s talk about how your organization can become part of the BRIGHT Run. 

Please contact Michele, BRIGHT Run Community Partner Committee, and she will get back to you shortly.

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