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On an achingly perfect, crisp Fall morning in early October, thousands of people joined together to walk, run and be present for the 2014 CIBC Run for the Cure. United, we raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research. Is there anyone who has not been touched by cancer herself or has not lost a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor to some form of cancer? That’s what I and I suspect many others were thinking as we stood in front of the Wall of Hope, scribbling our messages in pink marker, lest the deceased be forgotten.
“In loving memory,” I wrote to Catherine, Elka and Carol. The names of these three strong, remarkable women were stuck to my back as we began the 5 k run down University Avenue. And their faces were before my eyes as we ran past the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education on Bloor. Each of them would have walked in front of that building so many times on their way to the Royal Ontario Museum or to the subway station on S…