Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada

Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada

August 11, 2005 09:37 ET

Journey for Julie rolls into Ontario

Meningitis Foundation Chair draws comparison to Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 11, 2005) - As Russ McCann and Greg Kotlowski battle strong head winds and cycle their way into Ontario, Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada chair, Kathryn Blain, cannot help but draw comparisons between Terry Fox's 'Marathon of Hope' and 'Journey for Julie'.

"Terry Fox did not receive much media attention until he arrived in Thunder Bay. Journey for Julie is such a noble effort that also deserves national coverage. It would be a shame for the media not to pick up on it," says Blain.

Journey for Julie is a cross-Canada cycling tour and national awareness campaign in support of the Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada.

Russ McCann, owner of Weatherguard Gutters & Exteriors, and his close friend and employee Greg Kotlowski embarked on a bike tour from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS in support of research, screening and immunization for bacterial and viral meningitis.

While visiting her gravesite near Halifax in 2004, Greg Kotlowski finally acknowledged the tragic death of his four year old daughter Julie to meningitis on November 21, 1984.

It took more than 20 years for Greg to face the grim reality of Julie's death and let go of the past, to begin his own journey of healing.

To track their progress - visit www.journeyforjulie.ca. Donations to the cause can also be made on their website.

People in small communities throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have been very generous in donating lodging, food, cycling equipment and money to the cause. Blain is hopeful that Russ and Greg will also cycle their way in the hearts of eastern Canadians and receive a warm welcome.

Few diseases invoke the fear that meningitis does.
/For further information: Kathryn Blain, Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada
Ph: (519) 579-0300
Toll Free - 1-800-643-1303
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Contact Information

  • Kathryn Blain, Foundation Chair, Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 519-579-0300
    Toll-Free: 800-643-1303
    E-mail: fund@meningitis.ca