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Moncton getting electric Friday

5K night run raising funds for breast surgery patients

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 12, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – The air will be electric here Friday evening, as runners and walkers light up the night for a special cause.
The second annual Electrifying Night Run will take place at 9 p.m. on June 16 as a fundraiser to buy therapeutic bras or external prostheses for women who have undergone breast surgery. The bras are necessary to reduce swelling in the breast after surgery, according to Dr. Jocelyne Hebert.
“Some of these women don’t have insurance, and also, when they leave the hospital, they don’t feel like going to a pharmacist and getting fitted for their bra,” said Hebert.

The second annual Electrifying Night Run will take place in Moncton, N.B. on the evening of Friday, June 16. Shown here are participants from last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of the CHU Dumont Foundation

This year’s event already has 440 participants registered, and that number continues to climb.
“It’s not a run that’s very serious, where you want a perfect time,” explained Hebert. “It’s just a family thing.”
The run takes places in the neighbourhood of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, starting at the Dr. Leon-Richard Oncology Centre. Participants will have the option of walking or running the 5K route. A new feature this year is people can register in groups of eight, and receive $5 off of their registration fee.
The idea to have the run at night was simply an effort to offer something different, according to Hebert.
“It’s getting hard to be original with runs because there are so many, so we tried to get some kind of original idea to attract people,” she said. “Some people will come because they want to support the event, and some will come because they think that it’s cool or original.”
For more on the Electrifying Night Run, visit here.
“So either they don’t purchase it, or they get it too late. We want them to leave the hospital with it.”
Other patients who undergo total mastectomy surgery require external prostheses, which cost about $300 each. For women who have undergone surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, often going 9-12 months without working, $300 is a lot of money, especially if they have no insurance coverage. Hebert and her team wanted to be able to provide for those patients.
To make that possible, she and a committee at her clinic, in partnership with the CHU Dumont Foundation, put on the inaugural Electrifying Night Run last year, and it was a huge success.
“We started off with the objective of having 150 participants, and we ended up with close to 400,” she said. “It was an amazing run.”
The event raised $15,000, making it possible to provide therapeutic bras and external prostheses to patients who needed them in the past year.