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August 2, 2002
Toronto EMS supports fellow paramedic's cross-country tour
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Simcoe County paramedic Mark Winegarden and
his son Adam are cycling across Canada to raise money for diabetes and to
increase public awareness about the need to diagnose the disease early.

Toronto EMS urges all Torontonians to support Mark and Adam on their Diabetes
DMC Tour 2002. The goal of the tour is to spread the message about Diagnosing,
Managing, and Curing (DMC) diabetes, a disease that effects one in 13
Canadians. The tour began in Victoria, British Columbia on May 1 and will end
in Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland on September 15.

Mark Winegarden is a 10-year veteran of the Simcoe County paramedic team who
has seen the emergency situations created by diabetes first-hand in his role as
a paramedic. After being diagnosed as a diabetic, he learned to manage the
disease through proper diet and plenty of exercise. Now he and his 13-year old
son, Adam, are trying to raise money for a cure.

To show their support for their fellow paramedic, Toronto EMS bike paramedics
will ride alongside Mark and Adam on Tuesday, August 6. Mark and Adam will be
available for media interviews beginning at 8 a.m. and the group of cyclists
will depart from Toronto EMS 42 Station, 1535 Kingston Rd. (just east of Warden
Ave.) at 9 a.m.

"We think Mark's effort to cycle across the country for diabetes research is a
tremendous thing," said Peter Macintyre, Manager, Community Safeguard Services,
Toronto EMS. "Toronto EMS paramedics support Mark and wish him all the best on
his tour."

For more information on how to volunteer with tour events or to make a
charitable donation, visit the Diabetes DMC Tour 2002 web site at
Funds raised will go to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation and other related projects. For more information,
call Sylvia Bray, Communications Manager for the tour, at 905-775-7122.

Media Contact
Sylvia Bray



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