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Diana Pereira: 'Team Tia'

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My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and has survived it. She lives in Terceira, Azores, Portugal. Her entire family, minus her husband and son, live here in Toronto. She spent a month visiting us last year.

In light of these facts, I gathered a big group of us to form "Team Tia" to participate in CIBC's annual Run for the Cure — a 10-kilometre walk to raise money for cancer research.

Our team raised thousands of dollars. In addition to family, there were a few friends, one of whom has an aunt that also suffered through breast cancer. Thus the name "Team Tia" — "tia" means aunt in Portuguese.

Attached you'll find a picture of my family members who were part of last year's team — including my aunt who was here for the walk — she's the fourth from the left with the shades on. There are four generations of us in that photo. Thankfully, my aunt Iva was here to share the day with us.

We intend on making the walk an annual family tradition — this year we did it again, and the event happened to fall on Iva's birthday, Oct. 1.

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