- her story
Theresa Carriere is a breast cancer survivor who was inspired to do something great with something tragic. She created ONERUN - One Survivor, One Day, One Hundred Kilometres was launched.
On June 25, 2010 Theresa triumphantly completed the first 100 km ONERUN in less than 12 hours and, with her ONERUN team, managed to raise over $180,000. The money was donated to both the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and to London Health Sciences Foundation in support of the Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit at London Health Sciences Centre’s London Regional Cancer Program.
Registering on-line as a “virtual” runner has provided the opportunity for public participation and ONERUN support through pledges. As well, numerous fundraisers and sponsor support from dozens of community groups and businesses contributed generously.
During the 2010 campaign, Theresa was overwhelmed by the outpouring of e-mails, phone calls and letters from patients, survivors and their families throughout Canada supporting her initiative. They shared their stories which emphasized the impact and importance of her efforts.
On June 10, 2011 Carriere will again run 100km, this time from Sarnia to London.
Theresa and her team are planning this year’s event with even greater participation from the community, schools and families. This year’s campaign will add a dimension called “From Challenge to Triumph” - a school outreach program encouraging goal setting, achieving active and healthy lifestyles and community involvement. ONERUN will take this message to 100 elementary and secondary schools in London, Sarnia and surrounding communities. This message was announced to over 500 students and special guests at two London area schools, Tecumseh Public school and St. Pius Elementary school in November 2010.
When challenges are thrown at us in our daily lives, we need to encourage our children to triumph over those challenges,” Carriere states. “We want to send the message that all efforts, no matter how big or small, can make a difference by simply participating and coming together as a community. Planting these seeds with our youth is where it starts.”