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Source: Simon Fraser University

Walking for a cure

October 20, 2006

Manjeet Gill (Surrey resident), 604.268.6819,
Angela Koulyras (Vancouver resident), 604.637.3041,

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October 20, 2006

Walking for a cure

As her eyes meet those of Terry Fox’s statue at SFU Burnaby, Manjeet Gill
grabs hold of the legendary cancer victim’s fist and leans into a leg
stretch. It’s part of her warm up before three annual walks to raise money
for cancer research.

Recently hired as an administrative and financial coordinator in SFU’s
faculty of health sciences, Gill, a 1985 SFU grad, has just added the
university’s annual Terry Fox walk/run to her roster of fundraisers. She and
nine other members of her Everyone’s Daughter team have raised more than
$65,000 as participants in the last three annual Weekend to End Breast
Cancer and CIBC Run for the Cure runs/walks.

The breast cancer diagnosis of her 36-year-old sister-in-law, a mother of
two, two years ago, motivates Gill to fundraise. "In a world in which the
all mighty dollar is often the focus of our efforts, it is easy to lose
sight of the most important things in life," says Gill. "Women with breast
cancer have taught me not to take anything or anyone for granted."

Gill will be at the special SFU Burnaby Philosophers’ Café on the Politics
of breast cancer: Pushing the envelope in breast cancer research, Wednesday,
October 25, 7 to 9 p.m. The free public discussion will be around a cozy
fireplace at Renaissance Coffee in the Cornerstone building, 8906 High St.
at the SFU Burnaby campus.

SFU Alumni Association Director Angela Koulyras has donated hundreds of
hours as a communications consultant, helping Vancouver’s Abreast In A Boat
(AIAB) team put its best paddle forward in raising breast cancer awareness.
The non-profit group is the world’s first breast cancer dragon boat team.

Koulyras’ altruism helped earn her employer a coveted 2006 Blue Wave award
of excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators
in B.C. The award celebrated Koulyras’ and her colleagues’ success in
generating significant media coverage of AIAB’s 10th birthday.

Says Kolyras, a 2000 graduate of SFU, "I enjoy working with Abreast In A
Boat because it is a cause with local roots, and because the women are full
of life."



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