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A new banner of hope will fly over the Oct. 6 CIBC Run for the Cure. Thanks to efforts by Yellowknife Quilters, banners from runs held from 1997 to 2001 were quilted together to form a banner for the 2002 event. They include a message of encouragement from run participants. In the photo are quilters Mickey Brown, left, Pamela Malmsten, Leslie Straker, Dr. Margaret Ann Woodside and Marilyn Morin. Hazel Wainwright, Elise Chrostkowski, Sandy Shannon, Sue Booker, Ann Jones, Elaine Blais, Ann Wind and Caroline Dennill also worked on the quilt. - photo courtesy of Yellowknife Quilters

Run for the cure

Event in Minnish-Cooper's name

Chris Puglia
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (Sep 20/02) - A city women who died of breast cancer earlier this summer will be honoured in this year's CIBC Run for the Cure.

The run's path will be changed from previous years to feature the Garden of Hope planted in honour of Loraine Minish-Cooper.

A prominent lawyer and respected Yellowknifer, Minish-Cooper was one of the many loyal supporters of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for a Cure.

The annual event, which is scheduled for Oct. 6, starting at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick high school, raises money in support of breast cancer research, treatment and diagnosis.

Penny Ballantyne, a good friend of Minish-Cooper, said she is delighted her friend will be remembered in this year's run. "I think it's lovely, I think it will be very appropriate for us to remember Loraine in this way," said Ballantyne.

"The people that Loraine worked with at the federal department of justice always puts a team in."

Ballantyne said she will definitely be running again this year.

"Absolutely ... I'll certainly be running for Loraine," she said. Last year more than 950 Northerners participated in the run raising $165,756 -- approximately $175 per participant, compared to a national average of $93.

"People here are so generous," said Leslie Straker, media director for the run.

"We raised so much money last year we're just hoping to meet or exceed what we made last year."

The success is compounded by the fact that participants in Yellowknife last year faced a blizzard.

"It doesn't seem to matter what the weather is. People come out and support it. It's phenomenal," said Ballantyne.

Registrations will be held on Sept. 20 and Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CIBC.

Aside from running individually, participants can compete in the CIBC Corporate Challenge, the Air Canada Community Challenge, the School Challenge and Nike's Women Challenge.

Prizes will be awarded to teams raising the most money.