St. Mary’s Community unites to support CIBC Run for the Cure


A brisk fall morning provided the perfect backdrop for a rather monumental occasion as members of the StMU Lightning CIBC Run for the Cure team gathered, ready to run or walk, in support of putting an end to breast cancer.

Forty seven members of the St. Mary’s team raised a total of $5093, a total that was announced later in the day as the highest total in the Post-Secondary Challenge, making St. Mary’s the victors.

While the fundraising competition was all for a good cause, the fact that St. Mary’s was victorious spoke volumes about the university’s commitment to social justice, the dedication and character of the members of the St. Mary’s community according to Nathan Ruff, Athletics Manager and the Lightning men’s basketball head coach at St. Mary’s University.

“Even though it’s not about winning or losing, for us to win the Post-Secondary challenge as the team that raised the most money is pretty cool,” said Ruff. “To be part of something bigger than ourselves is wonderful.”

“Being a tight-knit community, the events that we do resonate with our community whether that be students, staff or faculty. All of our community was out to support this cause and this event and it was something really special to see and to be a part of.”

Marsha Kuchelema, Registrar with St. Mary’s University, has been involved in the Run for the Cure since 2008, but the 2017 race held a deeper personal significance.

“As a recent breast cancer survivor the personal support I have received from St. Mary’s is incredible,” said Kuchelema. “Breast cancer impacts the lives of so many and the simple act of raising money or walking to show support to raise awareness was demonstrated by St. Mary’s this year.”

“We are like a family at St. Mary’s – we come together and support each other when we need it most.”

Kuchelema and her team co-captains Ruff and Nancy Quan decided to register the St. Mary’s team in the Post-Secondary Challenge as a way to raise awareness for St. Mary’s, but the response from the community left a profound impact.

“To see so many people from the St. Mary’s community come together, so early on a cold fall morning to run and or walk for a cause I believe in so deeply was heartwarming.”