Walking for a cure

October 18, 2006, volume 37, no. 4



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As her eyes meet those of Terry Fox's statue at SFU Burnaby, Manjeet Gill grabs 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 events.

The breast cancer diagnosis two years ago of her 36-year-old sister-in-law, a mother of two, motivated Gill to fundraise.

"In a world in which the almighty dollar is often the focus of our efforts, it is easy to lose sight of the most important things in life," says Gill.

Angela Koulyras, a director of SFU's alumni association, has donated hundreds of hours as a communications
consultant, helping Vancouver's Abreast In A Boat dragonboat team put its best paddle forward to raise breast cancer awareness.

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 the dragonboat team's 10th birthday.

Says Koulyras: "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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