Media Advisory - Amazing Pace hits streets of Toronto in support of The Lung Association

<location>TORONTO</location>, <chron>Oct. 25</chron> /CNW/ - Check point number one: Participants must eat cookies laden with water beetles, grasshoppers, ants and bamboo worms in order to fast forward at the 2007 Amazing Pace event in support of The Lung Association. Similar challenges face the 45 teams of four as they hit their checkpoints and avoid roadblocks during this exciting race against the clock. <p></p>
    When:              Saturday, October 27

    Time:              9:30 a.m. Opening remarks by The Lung Association
                                 president & CEO, George Habib
                       9:45 a.m. Opening challenge (bug-in-every-bite
                                 cookies) Amazing Pace closes at 2 p.m. when
                                 winners will be recognized.

    Starting Location: Rosedale Heights Secondary School - Cafeteria
                       711 Bloor Street East - Use main entrance

    Route:             Various checkpoints throughout Riverdale and

    Interviews:        Available with George Habib and several enthusiastic
                       Amazing Pace participants who are up for the challenge
<p>About lung disease in Ontario:</p>
<p>More than one million people in Ontario - many of them children - live with lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A recent study through the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, reveals that an individual in Ontario has a 40 per cent risk of developing asthma before they reach the age of 40. Asthma remains the number one cause of hospital admissions and missed school days in children, with 20 per cent of children being affected by the disease.</p>
<p>Higher than average temperatures and a record number of smog days in the Greater Toronto Area has made the simple act of breathing more difficult for the many adults and children living with lung disease in and around Toronto.</p>
<p>About The Lung Association</p>
<p>The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest voluntary, not-for-profit health-promotion organizations. The Lung Association is concerned with the prevention and control of asthma, chronic lung disease caused by smoking and with air quality and its effect on lung health. The Ontario Lung Association was incorporated in 1945, and has community offices across the province. Visit The Ontario Lung Association online at, or call 1-800-972-2636 for more information.</p>

For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries: Karen Petcoff, O) (416)
864-9911 ext. 283, C) (416) 275-6844,

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