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article imageTeam Maggie's Motive to Run for a Cure in Toronto Special

By KJ Mullins     Oct 1, 2009 in Lifestyle
Early Sunday morning Toronto will see runners and walkers taking to the streets to Run For the Cure. The annual breast cancer foundation fund raiser will start at 10:00 a.m. Maggie's Team, a group from Starbucks, has a personal reason for taking part.
One of the teams that will be running is Maggie's Team, a group from Starbucks. Maggie Pion, a woman who has been battling breast cancer for 12 years. She has survived four separate attacks from the disease, inspiring the employees of Starbucks to come out and run in an effort to create a future where breast cancer is a thing of the past.
In 2008 Starbucks presented Pion with an award recognizing her accomplishments in front of her customers and co-workers. Team Maggie had raised $12,388 that year in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
CIBC Run for the Cure with a team of 22 employees throughout the Starbucks area stores.
The team is already excited about the run according to Letitia Postulart, an associate in Toronto. Letitia, my step-daughter, told me that Pion is an inspiration to the employees in Toronto.
"Ms. Pion inspired me to donate both money and my time. I am walking for the cure on Sunday. I want to be part of the cure because of her and her story."
Pion was diagnosed in 1997 with cancer, with her last occurrence happening in 2008. Today Pion looks strong and healthy, according to Postulart.
Last year Pion told Inside Toronto:
"We have a table set up with (breast cancer) information, which is big because early detection is the best way to increase survival rates," she said. "Some people will come into the store and say 'How can I help?' so we encourage people to make a tax-deductible donation."
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