One run, two sisters

From left, Sarnia’s Maria Rocca, sister Theresa Carriere and Lore Wainwright, project manager of OneRun, at a fundraising June 1 golf tournament in London. Carriere aims to raise $150,000 on June 13 by running from Sarnia to London. Photo courtesy, SimonLeePhoto.ca

Theresa Carriere is once again lacing up her runners to make the 100-kilometre trek from Sarnia to London to raise money to fight breast cancer.

The June 13 run will be the third OneRun for the London cancer survivor, who credits her Sarnia sister Maria Rocca for saving her life by urging her to get a mammogram in 2007.

Carriere, then 43, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy.

In 2010, she ran the 100 kilometres from Sarnia to London in one day, raising $180,000 for breast cancer research.

The following year she did it again and raised another $200,000.

Now the mom and fitness instructor is ready to three-peat, said Rocca, who is best friends with her sibling.

“She’s really been training hard and now everything’s ready to go.”

The exhausting run will begin from the Christina Street headquarters of Sarnia Police, who are providing Carriere and her entourage an escort out of the city.

The goal is to raise another $150,000, said Rocca, who will be running with her sister at various parts of the route.

Most of the money raised this year will be donated to the patient assistance program at London Health Sciences Foundation.

For more, visit www.onerun.ca

 – George Mathewson