PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc.

June 23, 2009 12:14 ET

PowerStream Employee Fights Cancer in Multiple Ways

Survives disease and helps to raise more than $27,000 for cancer research

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - When Patrick Guran originally became PowerStream's Chief Energy Conservation Officer in 2004, he knew that he would be involved in programs and activities that would help save the planet. Little did he know that his journey would also involve him in an event that would help save lives, perhaps even his own.

Last year, Guran, an accomplished cyclist, had planned to sign up for the Princess Margaret Hospital's Ride to Conquer Cancer cycling fundraiser, but became ill and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. However, a year later, he was not only able to overcome his cancer, but also managed to team up with three PowerStream colleagues - Paula Conboy, Irv Klajman and John Neogi - to participate in this event and raise a total of $27,776.

"I find it ironic that the reason why I entered the ride this year was the reason why I didn't feel well last year," said Guran. "Last year, my goal was to be alive to do this ride, and this year, I wanted to share my recovery with other people in a way that I could help others. I also wanted my team to not only raise money, but I wanted to encourage them to accomplish their goals - that is important!"

Guran commented on how he was touched by the generosity and support he received from his co-workers at PowerStream, adding that the amount of money donated by the company's employees "was incredible".

The team joined the cycling fundraiser for several different reasons, some philanthropic in nature and others more personal.

"I want to do what I can to help raise awareness and funds to conquer cancer; this dreadful disease that has affected too many people I know and love," said Conboy, Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs at PowerStream.

The money collected by the PowerStream foursome in just over five-months contributed to the total of $14.5 million raised by the 3,526 riders who participated in the 216 kilometre cycling event held on June 13 - 14. All proceeds were donated to the Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

"I was moved by the number and size of donations I received from friends, family and colleagues," said Conboy. "At the event, I was humbled to hear how loved ones had survived a type of cancer that only a few years ago would have been terminal. But thanks to research funded by events like this, their prognoses are much better - that was rewarding!"

The team started the ride from downtown Toronto, biking through Mississauga, Halton Hills and Ancaster where they rested for the night in the Hamilton area. The second day, the participants biked through the Niagara escarpment before crossing the finish line in Niagara Falls. Guran and Conboy made excellent time, finishing the course within the first 100 participants.

The team has eagerly signed up to ride together again next year. However they are on a mission to expand their team and donations for 2010. To learn more about the 2010 Ride to Conquer Cancer please visit www.conquercancer.ca or phone 416.815-RIDE (7433).

About PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc. is the second largest local electricity distribution company in Ontario, providing service to more than 315,000 residential and business customers in the municipalities of Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Markham, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan. It is an incorporated entity, jointly owned by the municipalities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.

About The Campbell Family Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital

Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital, brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists, clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer breakthroughs. For more information, go to http://www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca/.

Contact Information

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