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This is it!!

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There’s just over one week to go until the big day is here.  In this issue we are recapping the incredible stories we have had the privilege of hearing about this year.  Click on the links below to learn more about our 2015 Balanse Bum Run Ambassadors and their designated charities.

This run is for Joseph Denny.  He’s behind the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation.  Read his story here.

This run is for Daniel & Jack Brown.  They’re behind the Sick Kids GIFT Program.  Read their story here.

This run is for Marie Taurasi.

She’s behind the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

Read her story here.

This run is for Mark Brosens.  He’s behind Colon Cancer Canada.

Read his story here.

Now we need you #BumNation!  Help us reach our fundraising goal for these four amazing charities.  There are some awesome fundraising prizes to be won including:

˜˜˜ * Signed Toronto FC Soccer Ball

Niagara Helicopter Tour

* Spa Gift Certificates

Whole Foods Gift Baskets

Barreworks Class Package 

* Rocket Cycle Package

* Danier Leather Gift Cards

& More!

Help us make this year our best one yet.  Remember all proceeds go to your charity of choice!

The Backside Issue 12 – Meet Mark Brosens

Mark Brosens and his fiancée, Fiona.  They are running in the Balanse Bum Run for Mark’s Aunt Linda and Uncle Tom & are asking you to support Colon Cancer Canada
“Both Linda and Tom have taught me not to let embarrassment get in the way of early detection.”
Mark first ran the Balanse Bum Run in 2014.  His team name, “Run for Linda,” is in honour of his Aunt Linda, who was undergoing chemotherapy during last year’s run. Sadly, Linda passed away in late May, 2014.  Mark’s uncle Tom also passed away from colorectal cancer 14 years ago when Mark was 17 years old.  This is Mark’s message for you.
Click on Mark or Fiona to sponsor them – they are asking you to get behind Colon Cancer Canada and to get educated about screening & prevention. 
Mark’s Aunt Linda – the inspiration for his team name, “Run for Linda” – she passed away after a long battle with Colorectal Cancer just one month after Mark completed his first Balanse Bum Run. 
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Mark Brosens
AGE: 31
HOME TOWN: Bradford, Ontario

PASSION: The news, reading large non-fiction books,
home brewing, cooking, and running

BR: Can you tell us about how you came to learn about the Balanse Bum Run?

MB: I first heard about the Balanse Bum Run in 2012 while participating in a Running Room half marathon class. The instructors were listing a bunch of runs that we could do in preparation for the big race and the Balanse Bum Run was in the list. Everyone laughed at the name, but when the instructors explained that it was for colorectal cancer awareness, it stuck with me. My Uncle Tom had passed away from colorectal cancer when I was 17 years old, after fighting the disease for about two years, so I understood how awful this form of cancer could be.

However, I didn’t actually participate in the Balanse Bum Run for the first time until 2014 when my Aunt Linda was in the late stages of her own fight with colorectal cancer. She passed away on May 24, 2014, after fighting for about two years. My fiancée and I created a Balanse Bum Run team named “Run for Linda” in her honour.

BR:  Was your Aunt Linda well enough to know that you participated in the run last year?

MB
: Linda was very sick during last year’s run, so I don’t think she knew that I was doing this. However, she was a nurse and she volunteered at Kelowna, B.C.’s cancer centre, so I know she would have appreciated what I was doing. That being said, another part of my motivation for doing the run in 2014 was to support my Mom, who was struggling with Linda’s illness. It felt like I couldn’t do much to help, but I could do this.

BR: What message do you want the world to know about Colorectal Cancer?

MB: Both Aunt Linda and Uncle Tom knew for a while that something was wrong with their colons before they went to see a doctor. I think both of them were scared and embarrassed to talk about it. For instance, Linda used her medical knowledge to self-diagnose herself with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I can understand where they were coming from, because without their example, I think I’d respond the exact same way. However, from what I understand, they would have had a much better chance of beating the disease if they would have gone to the doctor sooner. In Tom’s case, when he was having 18 inches of his colon removed in an attempt to stop the disease, the surgeons discovered that the cancer had already started to spread throughout his body, so they hadn’t got there in time.

Both Linda and Tom have taught me not to let embarrassment get in the way of early detection.

BR: What have been the highlights and downfalls about the Balanse Bum Run for you?

MB: They’ve all been highlights for me! I’ve done a lot of runs in Toronto and I, honestly, have to say that the Balanse Bum Run is one of my favourites. Partially, that’s because it’s a fun route and last year I was randomly given a new pair of Lululemon shorts at the finish line (I don’t think everyone got those!) (BR: Nope – Lululemon surprised some random runners – lucky you!) But more than anything, I think I enjoyed last year’s run so much because I felt like I was helping. My highlight from this year has been the overwhelming support that I’ve received from family, friends, and colleagues. I hoped to raise $300 this year and I’m at almost $800 with just less than a month until the race!

BR: Have you been screened yet and what do you think will encourage more people to participate colorectal screening?

MB: I haven’t got screened yet, but I will when I get a little older. In the meantime, I’ve completed Cancer Care Ontario’s “My Cancer IQ” online assessment (you can do it here: https://www.mycanceriq.ca/). It told me that my risk of developing colorectal cancer was average to below-average (I took the test twice: once answering optimistically, once answering more pessimistically). I was pleasantly surprised by those results, because I assumed my chances of developing colorectal cancer would have been very high, since I have a history of it on both sides of my family. My biggest take away from that assessment is that I need to eat more fruits and vegetables, so I have been trying to do that. Also, the assessment told me that I need to continue to keep my alcohol consumption at a moderate level, which – as a home brewer – I try to stay mindful of.
 
Both my parents have been diligent about their screenings after their siblings got sick. Really, I think information and example will encourage people to be screened.

BR: How would you characterize your running skills on a scale of Tortoise beginner to Hare speed demon?

MB: “Speed demon” is a relative term. After participating in races with thousands-on-thousands of other of runners, I’ve realized I’ll likely never come in first place or in last place. That drove home for me that an individual’s own personal performance means more than their performance relative to everyone else. For example, in the 2014 Balanse Bum Run, I finished in 100th place, which I thought was terrific. However, my fiancée, Fiona, was the star of the day when she crossed the finish line a few minutes after me with her personal best 5K time. As corny as it sounds, I think everyone should just have fun and do their best regardless of how Tortoise or Hare-like they are. After all, you get to run down the middle of some of Toronto’s busiest roads – how cool is that?!
 
BR: If your bum could talk, what would it say?

MB
: “Don’t be an a**, have your bum checked regularly.” Linda’s son, Bob, gave me that one.

BR: You are officially a citizen of #BumNation. Is there anything you want to say to prospective Balanse Bum Run recruits?

MB: I think awareness is more important than your run time or the amount of money you raise. Whenever I post about the run on social media, I try to include a link to signs of colorectal cancer. I don’t care if a friend doesn’t have enough money to give me a donation, but if they can learn something about colorectal cancer through the Balanse Bum Run, then that’s well worth it. In 2014, colorectal cancer was the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada, so even if you can’t walk or run in the Balanse Bum Run on April 26, let people know about the disease any way that you can.

The Bum Run Team thanks Mark for sharing his Aunt Linda and Uncle Tom with us to help raise awareness about Colon Cancer Canada.

 

Colon Cancer Canada is a national organization dedicated to saving lives through increasing public awareness of colorectal cancer and access to screening, funding research initiatives, and providing colorectal cancer patient support.

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The Backside Issue 11 – Meet Marie Taurasi and The CCAC

Meet Marie Taurasi

Marie Taurasi and her family.  Marie is participating in the Balanse Bum Run for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. 

“This is not an “old person’s disease.”  If you are having any types of symptoms – go and have yourself checked.

This is what saved me – a colonoscopy

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Marie Taurasi
AGE: 43
HOME TOWN: Richmond Hill
PASSION: Family Time

BR: Can you tell us about your affiliation with CCAC?

MT:  I met Filomena with the CCAC through a mutual friend. This organization isamazing!  They help me, educate me, and most importantly, support me through this journey of mine.    

BR:  What message do you want the world to know about Colon Cancer? 

MT:  Colon Cancer is 90% preventable if detected early.  So do your part and get a colonoscopy because this cancer is treatable & beatable!  

BR: Do you have a personal mantra?

MT:  I have a lot to live for.  I have two beautiful kids.  My son is going to University in the Fall for medicine, and my daughter will be starting high school in the Fall as well.  I need to be around for them – to see their accomplishments and to help guide them.  My husband and I hope to buy a house on the lake one day and grow old together.   

BR:  Have you been part of the Balanse Bum Run before?

MT:  No, I have not been part of the Balanse Bum Run before but I am looking forward to it and am participating with family and friends.
  
BR:  How would you characterize your running skills on a scale of “Homer Simpson Beginner” to “Tazmanian Devil Speed Demon”?

MT: I’m not an advocate runner but I do like to take long walks with my husband.  

BR: What do you think will encourage more people to participate in colorectal screening?  

MT:  This is not an “old person’s disease.”  If you are having any types of symptoms – go and have yourself checked.  This is what saved me – a colonoscopy.

BR:  If your bum could talk, what would it say?

MT:  “If you want me to stick behind you – make sure you do your screening tests!”

BR:  You are officially a citizen of #BumNation. Is there anything you want to say to prospective Balanse Bum Run recruits?

MT:  This is an amazing campaign to make people aware of this disease.  Together, we need to tell people our stories so that they don’t think they are alone in fighting this.  We are a group of strong individuals of all ages! 

Marie was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer on January 19, 2015.  She had a temporary ileostomy put in on February 6, 2015, and is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Marie is grateful for the help and support of the Colorectal Association of Canada for educating and guiding her through this journey. 
The Bum Run Team thanks Marie for sharing her very new story to help raise awareness about the CCAC.
The CCAC is dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for population-based screening and timely access to effective treatments. 
The CCAC is bringing the Giant Colon Tour to the Balanse Bum Run!  A 40 ft long, 8 ft high colon — an exhibition for all ages featuring the pathologies that may be found inside the human colon.  Don’t miss it! (It will be hard to miss.)

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The Backside Issue 10 – Meet Daniel and Jack Brown

 

Meet Daniel & Jack Brown

Daniel Brown and his 5-year old son, Jack.
Warning: All photos in this issue are insanely cute & beautiful.

“The GIFT program is one of a kind.

Since the program’s inception they have reduced the number of intestinal failure related deaths in children from 25% to less than 1%.

I hope that with continued support,
we can get that number down to zero.”
In 2009, Jack was born missing most of his small bowel. He wasn’t supposed to survive.  Fortunately, Sick Kids Hospital had a specialized program for children like Jack with complicated intestinal related issues.  The GIFT team (Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment) helped Jack survive and thrive.
The Family Brown.

DANIEL BROWN

AGE: 37

HOME TOWN: Richmond Hill

PASSION: Definitely not running!

TEAM:  The Jackaroos

Click on any team member’s name to sponsor them and Sick Kids’ GIFT program
BR: Can you tell us about how the Sick Kids GIFT Program – one of our designated charities this year – has affected your life?

DB:  Initially we felt very unlucky. Very few kids each year are born with Jack’s medical condition. However, we soon became very optimistic after meeting with the GIFT team which included doctors, nurses, dieticians and occupational therapists. Jack wouldn’t have survived without the GIFT program.

BR:  What message do you want the world to know about GIFT? 

DB:  The GIFT program is one of a kind. Since the program’s inception they have reduced the number of intestinal failure related deaths in children from 25% to less than 1%. I hope that with continued support, we can get that number down to zero.

BR: Do you have a personal mantra?

DB:  Joan Baez once said, “Action is the antidote to despair.” I am committed to doing what I can to raise awareness and funding for GIFT so that children born with intestinal challenges can get the treatment they need. 

BR:  Have you been part of the Balanse Bum Run before?

DB:  This is our first year doing the Bum Run. We are bringing the entire family out to participate in the run including my wife, parents, siblings and in-laws. We will also have our closest friends running alongside us to help raise awareness for GIFT.  We are aiming to raise at least $10,000.
  
BR:  How would you characterize your running skills on a scale of “Homer Simpson Beginner” to “Tazmanian Devil Speed Demon”?

DB: I’m more like the tortoise than the hare. Slow and steady.

BR: Can you tell us about how Jack is doing today?  

DB:  Jack is doing great. He is a rambunctious five year old who loves to play sports, video games and torture his little sister.  He still sees the GIFT team regularly to monitor his progress and receive dietary advice. Overall he is happy and healthy.

BR:  You are officially a citizen of #BumNation. Is there anything you want to say to prospective Bum Run recruits?

DB:  Almost anyone can run a 5k. The hardest part of the race is committing to participate. 

The Sick Kids GIFT Program is one of four charities that our participants & sponsors can designate to receive their donations.  GIFT is the only formal intestinal rehabilitation program in Canada, and has almost eliminated mortality from intestinal failure associated liver disease since 2007.
The Bum Run Team is so grateful to Daniel & his family for sharing Jack’s story to help raise awareness about the Sick Kids GIFT Program.

 

Click here to see Dr. Ian Bookman and last year’s Ambassador, David Brown, on BT Toronto!

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The Backside Issue 9 – The Runners Shop Is Behind Us!

The Runners Shop
has a gift for you!

The Runners Shop is one of the key sponsors of the BALANSE BUM RUN and this year they are celebrating their 40th Anniversary!

As part of their celebrations they are organizing The Runners Shop 40th Anniversary Race Series – a multi series incorporating many local Toronto races including the BALANSE BUM RUN!!

Click on this link for more details – it is open to everyone, of any ability, and entry to the Series is FREE. The more races you do the more points you accrue and a bigger chance of winning some GREAT prizes!!

Register for the Series, let them know you have entered the BALANSE BUM RUN, and you will receive a $10 Store Coupon!!

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  • MULTI RACE SERIES FEATURING MANY OF YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL TORONTO RACES
  • ENTRY TO THE SERIES IS FREE!!
  • STORE COUPONS FOR EVERY RACE ENTERED
  • AGE GRADED SCORING GIVES EVERYONE A FIGHTING CHANCE!
  • AGE GRADED PRIZING FOR EVERY RACE AND SERIES WINNERS
  • COMPLETE 3 OUT OF 6 RACES TO QUALIFY FOR GRAND PRIZES

More info and sign up at www.therunnersshop.com

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