Allergy/Asthma Information Association

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Margaret Mead

AAIA Whitby Run/Walk 2008

Volunteers Are Angels

For the past five years, AAIA Ontario has hosted the Triple “A” Run/Walk to raise funds for allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis research and education. In total the event has raised $65,000 for the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF). This year's event raised $15,000, which will be presented to CAAIF at the CSACI Annual Meeting in Hamilton this fall.

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An event of this magnitude is possible due to the dedication of our corporate sponsors and numerous volunteers. The volunteers contribute their time, energy and passion on a yearly basis and ensure that all details are attended to and that everyone involved enjoys the event and benefits from the experience. I would like to recognize some of our main stars who have been with us over the years: Anita Bergstrom, Richard Mototsune, Darlene & Andy Konecny, Kyle Dine, Masa Kovic, Carol Sleeth, Debbie Monroe-Fessler, Sherri Raso, Theresa Fulton, Andrea Faloony, and Maria Cristina Blanchard. My list could continue, but I trust that everyone knows how much they are appreciated and loved for the tireless work they do. My appreciation for everyone who makes this event a success each year is monumental and I have gained and grown tremendously from working with you. With any luck the funds raised over the years will bring a cure and/or new treatment options for those living with allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis. Until then, we are blessed with heightened awareness and a community of caring individuals who give for the benefit of all.

Richard Mototsune (Run Volunteer), Monika Gibson (AAIA Ontario Regional Coordinator), Dr. Eric Leith (Chair, Canadian Allergy Asthma Immunology Foundation), Anita Bergstrom (Run Volunteer)
Richard Mototsune (Run Volunteer), Monika Gibson (AAIA Ontario Regional Coordinator), Dr. Eric Leith (Chair, Canadian Allergy Asthma Immunology Foundation), Anita Bergstrom (Run Volunteer)

Till next year, with blessings, gratitude and friendship,
Monika

Photos compliments of Darlene & Andy Konecny.

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