SUDBURY -- The national CIBC Run for the Cure has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research. In Sudbury, organizers have unveiled details about the local event that will look very different this year since people cannot physically gather.

On Oct. 4, runners can choose their own route but get started virtually.

"Via our mobile app or desktop website, you will be able to watch the virtual opening ceremonies at 11:30," said Emily Hreljac, of the Canadian Cancer Society and is the communications lead for CIBC Run for the Cure in Sudbury. "And we are going to have some guest speakers and surprises along the way. And we also encourage everyone to participate in the high intensity warm up that we are providing."

Lonny Newland plans to take part in the run. He was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.

Underwent treatment

"I found a lump on my left hand side, I didn't think anything big about it, but within a couple of months it had grown to where I better go check it out and as soon as I did, they did the test and found out it was cancer," Newland said. "Then (they) started me on chemotherapy and then surgery and rehab."

But this winter, Newland got some bad news: cancer had spread to his sternum and trachea. He again underwent treatment and is now recovering.

"Anything we can to find a cure, for anywhere we can, is great for everyone," he said. "I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone. It's cruel."

Cambrian Ford has been a major sponsor of the run in the past 22 years and made a $2,000 donation to get donations rolling this year and to raise awareness.

"One in every 100 males could get breast cancer, so males need to check themselves, females need to check themselves and if you have any risk of that happening and feel anything that is wrong with you, you need to make sure you go get looked at," said Scott McCulloch, president of Cambrian Ford.

This year, Kivi Park in Sudbury is waving user fees for anyone taking part in the CIBC Run for the Cure on Oct. 4.

The Canadian Cancer Society said donations will support research initiatives to help improve survival rates and save lives.