Cash Store Financial's Freedom Run in 6 Prairie Cities on August 28th
EDMONTON, Aug. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Cash Store Financial is hosting 32
Freedom Runs across the country. Proceeds from these walk/run events
support diabetes research. On August 28, 2011 the Freedom Runs take place in the following cities:
Brandon, MB - Kin Park - 3km, 5km
Regina, SK - Kiwanis Park - 3km, 5km, 10km
Grande Prairie, AB - Muskoseepi Park - 3km, 5km, 10km
Lethbridge, AB - Indian Battle Park - 3km, 5km
Red Deer, AB - Great Chief Park - 3km, 5km
Lloydminster, AB - Bud Miller Park -3km, 5km
Twenty four year old Saskatchewan resident Catherine Abenstein has
experience with diabetes. Abenstein's dad, like 90% of diabetics, has
type 2 diabetes.
"At first pills, and insulin worked;" says Abenstein. "and he was
offered courses on how to manage his diabetes. But that changed when
both my parents lost their jobs during the recession."
Facing severe complications, Abenstein's dad relies on family for
support. The total out of pocket costs for his diabetes treatment is
difficult to afford.
"When the Freedom Runs started I jumped on board. I felt I could make a
difference," says Abenstein, organizer for the Regina Freedom Run. "I
have seen people live normal lives with medication and support. I have
also seen the alternative."
Diabetes affects the body's ability to produce and use insulin, the
hormone responsible for turning food into useable energy. The spikes in
blood sugar levels cause complications such as: blindness, limb
amputation, and organ failure. 9 million Canadians are diabetic or
"Diabetes costs the health care system $15 000/year per patient" says
ADF-Diabetes Research Executive Director Kathy Fitzgerald and with the
global number of diabetics expected to reach 380 million by 2025, it's
crucial that we find a cure."
ADF- Diabetes Research is the fundraising body for the Alberta Diabetes
Institute (ADI) at the University of Alberta. The ADI is partially
behind the 'Edmonton Protocol' which sees healthy islet cells
transplanted into diabetes patients.
Visit www.thefreedomrun.ca to pledge or register. Fees are $35 before August 28th, $40 on event day. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-418-3511.
Cash Store Financial is the only provider of small sum short-term
advances and other financial services in Canada publicly traded on the
Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (TSX: CSF NYSE: CSFS). The Freedom
Run was founded in 2009 as part of their commitment to raise $7.5
million for diabetes research. Money raised funds research at the
Alberta Diabetes Institute (ADI).
Image with caption: "Catherine Abenstein, Regina Freedom Run organizer at the 2010 Freedom Run. (CNW Group/The Cash Store Financial Services Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110825_C6342_PHOTO_EN_2528.jpg
Image with caption: "Catherine Abenstein whose family has personal experience with type 2 diabetes. (CNW Group/The Cash Store Financial Services Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110825_C6342_PHOTO_EN_2529.jpg
Image with caption: "Children enjoying the sun at the 2010 Lethbridge Freedom Run. (CNW Group/The Cash Store Financial Services Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110825_C6342_PHOTO_EN_2530.jpg
SOURCE The Cash Store Financial Services Inc.
For further information:
Manager of Philanthropy, Cash Store Financial
(780) 235-8546/ email@example.com