Take time to Think Pink: Register for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

CIBC employees to celebrate Think Pink Week in branches across Canada

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) - From September 16 to 20, CIBC employees across Canada will be hosting fundraising events and encouraging people to participate in this year's Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, taking place on October 6 in 66 communities across Canada.

"With one in nine women in Canada diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, supporting this cause is something CIBC employees are very passionate about," said Christina Kramer, Executive Vice-President, CIBC and National Run Champion. "Think Pink Week kicks-off our official fundraising for the 2013 CIBC Run for the Cure. Last year alone, Team CIBC helped the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation raise more than $30 million for research, treatment, and awareness programs."

This year, CIBC is working with Tracy Moore, Host of Cityline, and Scott McGillivray, Host and Executive Producer of HGTV Canada's Income Property, to encourage Canadians to get involved with CIBC Run for the Cure and show their support for the cause.

For Ms. Moore, a three-time participant and dedicated contributor to the cause, getting involved and fundraising means making a difference.

"I look around me and the number of cancer survivors is growing exponentially," says Ms. Moore, whose family and friends have battled breast cancer. "This tells me that finding a cure can and will happen if we dedicate enough time and resources to great initiatives like the CIBC Run for the Cure."

Scott and Tracy will participate in CIBC's Think Pink Week kick off at Commerce Court in Toronto on September 17 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm., one of the many Think Pink Week events happening across Canada.

"I have lost immediate family and friends to cancer and I'll do what it takes to make sure that doesn't happen again," said Mr. McGillivray, who participated in the Run for the first time last year. "I know cancer can be beaten and I am hoping to be part of the solution by inspiring more Canadians to get involved in the CIBC Run for the Cure."

Canadians are encouraged to take part in this year's CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 6. Participant fundraising efforts will help support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in realizing its vision of creating a world without breast cancer.

"The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is proud of the longstanding support of CIBC, true champions in helping realize our vision of creating a future without breast cancer," said Jane Parsons, co-CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. "We hope Canadians are inspired to take part in Think Pink Week activities across Canada and support the CIBC Run for the Cure."

CIBC is in its 17th year as title sponsor of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Visit your local CIBC branch for more details on Think Pink Week events happening nearest you, and visit www.runforthecure.com to register.

About CIBC
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2012, CIBC contributed more than $38 million to over 1,900 charitable and non-profit initiatives in 450 communities. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
For over 25 years, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has been at the forefront of a nation-wide movement to raise awareness and mobilize action on breast cancer. Today, the Foundation is the leading organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Since 1986, from coast to coast, we have invested over $274 million to fund vital research and community health grants that have led progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Visit cbcf.org and join the movement.

Attention Editors: Regional CIBC Run Champions are available for interviews and can share their personal stories about why they became involved in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

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