Run/Walk for Research
Saturday June 27, 2015 9AM
Ajax Waterfront Trail
Please join us for the second annual PHA Canada Run/Walk for Research, a 5 kilometre run/walk fundraiser to take place on Saturday June 27, 2015 with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the run/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place on the Ajax Waterfront Trail, and will start and finish at the very end of Shoal Point Road (where Shoal Point and Lakeview Blvd intersect). Last year 77 people joined us for our fundraiser, and we were able to raise a total of $5,995! 100% of funds raised last year went directly to The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada’s first research program! Last year we exceeded our goals for both participation and donations – we are hoping to make this year’s event even more successful!
This run/walk is in honour of Renae’s mother, who was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (IPAH) 6 years ago. IPAH is when the arteries of the lungs become narrowed, making it more difficult for the heart to pump blood forward through the lungs. This places great stress on the heart and leads to enlargement of the heart. There is no known cause for the disease. Some symptoms of IPAH include shortness of breath that worsens with physical activity, cough, fatigue, dizziness, retention of fluid resulting in swollen legs, feet and hands, chest pain and heart failure. Statistics show survival of about three years if the disease goes untreated. 50% of patients survive five years or more from diagnosis. IPAH is a debilitating, life-threatening illness with no cure.
Renae and her brother Joseph are raising funds again this year to send to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada. It would be greatly appreciated if you could seek sponsorship to participate in this event – every little bit counts! Tax receipts can be provided, if requested, for sponsorships exceeding $15, as long as the name, address and phone number of the sponsor is provided. Cheques are payable to PHA Canada. The registration fee for this event is $10, however, this will be waived if you are able to raise over $15! When you arrive at the run/walk with your sponsor sheet and collected funds, you will be entered into a draw for some prizes! The run/walk will take place, rain or shine, and refreshments will be provided for you after you have completed the 5K! If you know someone who would like to participate with you in this event, all are welcome – please let us know in advance so we can accommodate them with regards to the permit and refreshments. Attached is a link to a pledge form. Please RSVP no later than June 17. Thank you and we hope you can make it!
If you are unable to attend the event, but would still like to donate to PHA Canada, you can do so here: http://phacanada.akaraisin.com/PersonalPages/Participant/Home.aspx?seid=4709&mid=66&pid=2134472
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