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Van Island Runners for Cancer.

“Van Island Runners for Cancer” is a 2012 calendar featuring local runners at various locations around Vancouver Island. The goal is to feature real runners of all abilities, from those relatively new to the sport to elite athletes, to show that running is an all-inclusive sport. It doesn’t matter how much you run or how “athletic” you look; if you put on your shoes and head out the door, you’re a runner.

All proceeds from the calendar sales goes directly to the BC Cancer Foundation, the organization that funds the BC Cancer Agency. Money raised by the foundation stays in BC and goes towards critical cancer research and patient care.

In 1994, My father died of cancer.  I was 17.

I have always wanted to do something to inspire others to live an active life, while supporting a great cause. This calendar has been the perfect opportunity.

In early 2007, I decided to lose weight. Somewhere along the way, I realized I didn’t just want to be ‘skinny’; I wanted to be ‘healthy’. So, after losing about 30lbs, I joined a ‘Learn To Run’ clinic & on October 15, 2007 I laced up my running shoes after 18 years of inactivity.

In the beginning I was sure running was actually going to kill me, but by the end of the clinic I learnt that if you keep going back, and keep pushing yourself a little harder, you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.  These days, I run because I can. I run because I like being healthy and because I want to continue being healthy for the rest of my life. I guess you could say that I still have the same goal today, as I did when I started running. “To not die”. But now it is much more of a long term goal, than an immediate one.

Currently, I have ran 3 marathons, 12 half marathons and countless other events & have given away a total of over 60lbs. Running has changed my life.


If you have questions about the calendar, or would like to purchase directly from me, you can contact me directly at calendar@iamthenewme.com.

You can also go to our Website & order a calendar or make a donation.


Thanks for your support!


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