Fanshawe College Women’s Basketball Coach, breast cancer survivor, and ONERUN founder Theresa Carriere ran 100 kilometers for breast cancer research for her fourth year in a row. She ran for 12 hours from Sarnia to John Paul Secondary School (JPII). “It feels really tiring,” she said with a laugh while reflecting on her journey, “It was an amazing accomplishment for our entire team.”
Although she has finished her final ONERUN, she said the organization will continue. “I’m not sure if there will be another runner, the team will have to get together and will discuss what it will look like for next year.”
While running for 12 hours, she raised money for breast cancer research, education and treatment in London. JPII also had face painting, a zumba class and a barbecue prior to Carriere’s arrival to keep the spirit going. Around $750,000 has been raised over four years. “That money’s going to be put towards some amazing programs, and we look forward to hearing more successful stories for breast cancer patients.”
As she thanked many people who supported her on the journey after the run, Carriere acknowledged the support from her family. “I’m blessed for sure, I feel so lucky…I’m the luckiest girl in the world” she said. Her brother came up to her for a hug, asking “Who’s your favourite brother?”. Fanshawe College also knows how close the Carriere family is, with her husband Bill and daughter Nicole coaching the Women’s basketball team.
For those affected by breast cancer, Carriere said to “never lose hope, and we got their back”. ONERUN has a golf tournament at the FireRock Golf Club on June 21