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Run for Rockyview

The 5th Annual Run for Rockyview breaks records

Run for Rockyview 2013 -2The Glenmore Reservoir pathway behind the Rockyview General Hospital is a regular route for cyclists, dog walkers and hospital staff on their lunch breaks. On September 12th, however, it was the site of the 5th Annual Run for Rockyview- a 5K race which is both inspiring and extremely entertaining. Departments form teams and fundraise money for their unit at the hospital.

This year, the race track was filled with over 350 enthusiastic participants wearing team colors and a variety of costumes. Jill Belland from Breakfast Television emceed the event and introduced the likes of Calgary-Glenmore MLA Linda Johnson and hospital CEO Nancy Guebert. "Rockyview does rock, and that is because we have a fantastic community around us," said Nancy.

As the years have progressed, the event has grown in popularity and become increasingly successful. Last year, Run for Rockyview raised over $30,000.00 for various units in the hospital. This year, the fundraising efforts of the staff brought in over $116,000.00.

The impressive results from the event may be partially due to some friendly competition. As Jill Goplen from the Rehab Allied Health department explained, the units look forward to seeing if they can outdo each other. Their department boasted 25 participants who were proud to support their workplace. "You don't have to twist anyone's arm to participate," she said.

For many, the run represents much more than an opportunity to have fun with colleagues. For Sara Szabo, from Rockyview's administrative 3rd place team raising over $10,000, the race wasn't just an opportunity to support her workplace. She has recently lost 100 lbs and the Run for Rockyview was one of her goals. Nadia Bouzourene, who is from Algeria and is now a Health Care Aide on Unit 59, took a vacation day to run the 5k race.  "The Rockyview is the best place to learn," she emphasized. "I am so grateful to Alberta Health Services."

The "Flashes and Floaters" team, named after common visual symptoms their patients experience, was the team from the Eye Clinic. They won the prize for the most money raised at an amazing $27,400. Nancy Piller, a Certified Opthamology Tech from the Clinic said that not only did friends, family and coworkers contribute to their fundraising success, but some patients were also excited to add to their incredible total. The team will celebrate their win at a Flames game from a corporate box donated by Halliburton.

The event not only raised an impressive amount of funds for the hospital, but was also a clear demonstration of supportive community at Rockyview General Hospital. The individual stories of the amazing staff that made the event so successful were truly inspirational to everyone present.

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