About the Bedford 5k to Beat Lung Cancer

Everything you need to know about the annual fundraising event

The first annual Bedford 5k to Beat Lung Cancer was in the summer of 2008 with a little more than 100 runners and walkers and strong support from the business community in Bedford. Since then, the event has raised more than $50,000 for lung cancer initiatives with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Highlights include:

  • Every participant receives a custom-molded Bedford 5k to Beat Lung Cancer medal, and will have an opportunity to have them personalized with custom engraving
  • The route is the same as in previous years – a fairly flat, comfortable 5k walk or run – from the waterfront to Shore Drive, turn around at Hatchery Lane, return to the waterfront around the marina to the opposite pier, return to bandstand for finish
  • Milestone Markers return again this year – signs along the route, sponsored by individuals or businesses, marking milestones in the event as well as in cancer research funding and awareness
  • All registrants included in draw for prizes after the walk/run
  • The names of the top male and top female finishers are engraved and added to the G.D. St-Amand Memorial Trophy, which is displayed year-round at Bedford’s BMO Centre.
  • Our popular “Beat It” t-shirts will be available for purchase (quantities are limited)
  • Our annual goal is a total donation for the Canadian Cancer Society of $4,000 or more

This is where we run.

An amazing location to gather for a cause.

Why We Run: Lung Cancer

The number one cancer killer in the country, responsible for 27% of the cancer deaths in Canada*, but gets just 1% of the private donations destined for cancer causes**. Lung cancer, as a cause, needs all the help it can get.

New cases of lung cancer in 2014

Of those patients will die from lung cancer


Of all cancer deaths in Canada are caused by lung cancer


Of private cancer donations go to lung cancer

* Statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society, 2014 update

** We have a lung cancer crisis in Canada, by Dr. Natasha Leighl, medical oncologist at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, is president of Lung Cancer Canada. As published in The Toronto Star, Mon Apr 29 2013.

Where Does the Money Go?

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society was founded in 1938. It is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. We invest in outstanding cancer research, provide reliable information on all cancers, deliver community-based support programs and lead cancer prevention initiatives. The Society relies on the generosity of donors, corporate supporters and volunteers to achieve its Mission.

The Nova Scotia Division is one of ten divisions across Canada with 9 regions and 11,000 volunteers.

The Bedford 5k to Beat Lung Cancer is pleased to have selected the Canadian Cancer Society as the recipient of all proceeds of the event. We chose the Canadian Cancer Society because they are a respected and trusted name in cancer fundraising across Canada.

For more information about the Society, please visit cancer.ca

Who Organizes the Bedford 5k?

Canadian Cancer Society

Jean St-Amand, Race Director

The Bedford 5k to Beat Lung Cancer is a passion project organized by Jean St-Amand, a long-time Bedford resident, volunteer and business owner, whose father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007. The Bedford 5k to Beat Lung Cancer sets small goals in the hope that participants’ efforts may help cancer researchers achieve the greater goal of a cure.

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