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Run raises funds for hospital

Cancer drives charity event's creator to keep moving forward

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When she first took up running after being treated for breast cancer, Kimberly Jabusch could barely run for 30 seconds.

In the 10 years since then, she’s completed four marathons. Next year, she plans to run a 50-kilometre ultramarathon.

“For me, the success or pride isn’t in crossing the finish line,” the 53-year-old Charleswood resident says. “It’s getting to the start line, because there’s so much time you need to put into the training.”

Jabusch, who works full time as a registered nurse at St. Boniface Hospital, has parlayed her passion for running into starting her own charitable 10K and 5K fun run/walk.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/8/2018 (376 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

When she first took up running after being treated for breast cancer, Kimberly Jabusch could barely run for 30 seconds.

In the 10 years since then, she’s completed four marathons. Next year, she plans to run a 50-kilometre ultramarathon.

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Kimberly Jabusch’s Run2Believe has raised more than $3,400 for St. Boniface Hospital.</p>

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Kimberly Jabusch’s Run2Believe has raised more than $3,400 for St. Boniface Hospital.

"For me, the success or pride isn’t in crossing the finish line," the 53-year-old Charleswood resident says. "It’s getting to the start line, because there’s so much time you need to put into the training."

Jabusch, who works full time as a registered nurse at St. Boniface Hospital, has parlayed her passion for running into starting her own charitable 10K and 5K fun run/walk.

She launched Run2Believe last year. More than 250 people participated in the inaugural event, raising more than $3,400 for the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

"Starting the event was a new running challenge for me," Jabusch says. "I certainly didn’t take it on thinking I would be successful. This is something new, and I wanted to try it."

Alongside her co-worker, Diane Genyk, Jabusch volunteers as Run2Believe’s co-race director. She oversees the race’s organizing committee, making sure its 12 members have the resources they need and everything is running smoothly.

Jabusch says her breast-cancer journey changed her.

"That whole experience strengthened for me the determination to really think outside the box and dream about possibilities for myself," she says.

More recently, Jabusch was diagnosed with macular degeneration.

She is gradually losing her vision, but like her experience with breast cancer, she doesn’t want it to relegate her to the sidelines.

"I want to get out there and experience life," she says. "It’s about contributing, being an active player in (life). It’s about not being defined by my diagnosis and the limitations that come with that."

Organizing Run2Believe has been more challenging than Jabusch anticipated, but it’s been highly rewarding.

The proceeds from last year’s event are now helping to fund renal research and build a state-of-the-art surgical suite at St. Boniface Hospital for patients that will result in shorter procedure times, improved health outcomes and faster recovery times.

The race also gives people who are interested in running another opportunity to hit the pavement.

Jabusch recalls one of her colleagues, who used last year’s event as the impetus to run her first 10K.

"To be part of someone’s first 10K-run event is always exciting, and she had such a positive experience," Jabusch says. "That’s the reward I get from helping to organize this event."

Jabusch says she appreciates Winnipeg’s running community, which she says has welcomed and supported her and Run2Believe.

"I’ve found Winnipeg is what we know it to be: very friendly, very welcoming and people are very generous," she says.

The second-annual Run2Believe takes place Sept. 9 at Whittier Park.

Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles at the event.

Anyone interested can visit run2believewinnipeg.ca for details.

Jabusch says she’s looking forward to the run.

"Whether we’re successful or whether we fail… it’s really about the journey for us," she says.

If you know a special volunteer, please contact aaron.epp@gmail.com.

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