Running to make a difference: Award-Winning Boston Marathoner eyes Toronto run

    Runner Profile: L. Kobayashi - Toronto Waterfront Marathon

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - In 1981, Lynn Kobayashi threw away her
cigarettes and joined the Terry Fox run for cancer research. Fox, a national
hero, died June 28, 1981... nine months after cancer forced him to abandon his
Marathon of Hope run across Canada.
    Two and a half decades later, 51 year old Kobayashi is still running
strong, setting the 30 K Canadian record in her age group, finishing first in
the 50-54 category in the 2006 Chicago Marathon, and third amongst her peers
in this year's Boston Marathon.
    Now, Kobayashi is training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
Half-Marathon, and like Terry Fox before her, Kobayashi is on a mission...
this time, to raise money, and awareness for the Philip Aziz Centre, a
non-profit home hospice, providing practical, physical, emotional, and
spiritual support for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life
threatening illnesses.
    Leading up to the race, she will run up to 165K a week and race the
toughest leg of the Klondike Road Relay, stretching from Alaska to the Yukon.
    As the mother of a child diagnosed with retinoblastoma (cancer of the
retina) Kobayashi understands the important role of trained volunteers who
provide time, compassion, and commitment necessary to make the journey of a
patient with a serious illness more manageable and meaningful.
    Says Kobayashi, "As an active volunteer organizer for nearly two decades,
I've learned to pick and choose where I donate time and money. Meeting the
volunteers and staff of the Philip Aziz Centre convinced me that they have the
world-class passion for this profound cause and work ethic necessary to turn
their good intentions into outstanding results."
    And so Lynn Kobayashi trains for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
Marathon, in a bid to create awareness... and to raise money for the Philip
Aziz Centre.
    If you would like to join Lynn Kobayashi's quest to make the Philip Aziz
Centre the top fund raising group at the upcoming Toronto Waterfront Marathon,
September 30th... there are several ways you can help.
    If you're a runner, join the Philip Aziz Centre (PAC) team and register
for the marathon through their website.

    The Philip Aziz Centre is a registered charity, and corporate help and
donations are always welcome.

    If you, or your company would like to sponsor a runner... or to volunteer
at the Philip Aziz Centre water station, call 416-363-9196 or email Don
Pangman, for further information.

For further information:

For further information: (416) 363-9196 or email Don Pangman,

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