2007 CIBC Wood Gundy Climb for the Cure raises more than $520,000 to help create a future without breast cancer
VANCOUVER, March 8 /CNW/ - The 2007 CIBC Wood Gundy Climb for the Cure has raised more than $520,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In February 2007, a team of 22 CIBC Wood Gundy employees, family members and friends, including breast cancer survivor Judy Dyer, scaled Africa's tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to help create a future without breast cancer. CIBC and its employees across the country are passionate about helping to create a future without breast cancer. In addition to the CIBC Wood Gundy Climb for the Cure, The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure has raised more than $125 million for breast cancer research, education and awareness since 1992. CIBC has also committed nearly $5 million in breast cancer funding directly to hospitals and research centres over the past five years. "The overwhelming support we received made our seven-day trek to the 19,340-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro a little easier," said Gary Mayzes, Regional Director, British Columbia, CIBC Wood Gundy. "On behalf of CIBC Wood Gundy and all the climbers, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation." The first CIBC Wood Gundy Climb for the Cure held in 2004 was led by CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisor, Michael Ramsden. After watching his wife endure the challenges of breast cancer, Michael decided to honour her courage by conducting a challenge of his own - climbing the 19,340-foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro - to raise awareness about breast cancer as well as funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Donations to the CIBC Wood Gundy Climb for the Cure can be made at www.cibcwoodgundyclimbforthecure.com until March 16, 2007. About The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation ------------------------------------------- As the leading national volunteer-based organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research, meaningful education and awareness programs, early diagnosis and effective treatment, and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer. Founded in 1986, the Foundation has chapters in BC/Yukon, Prairies/NWT, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.cbcf.org. About CIBC's Community Investments ---------------------------------- CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to its clients, employees and communities. CIBC aims to make a difference in communities the bank calls home through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the United Way and the CIBC World Markets Children's Foundation, CIBC is investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2006, the CIBC group of companies contributed more than $36 million globally to charitable and non-profit initiatives. Of this, $28 million was invested in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations.
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