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Town of Stouffville hosts second annual 5K in support of Markham Stouffville Hospital

STOUFFVILLE, ON (June 16, 2024) – Today, over 1,300 community supporters came together for the second annual Stouffville Main Street 5K. The Town of Stouffville and the Office of Mayor Iain Lovatt held the event
with Oak Valley Health’s Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) as the chosen beneficiary and raised $113,245!

5k runners at the start line of the 2nd Annual Stouffville Main Street 5K

The Stouffville Main Street 5K is an annual family walk/run held on Father’s Day for both recreational and
competitiive participants. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the services that MSH offers to the
Stouffville community and raise funds for the hospital. “After the overwhelming success of our first walk/run in
2023, I am thrilled that it is now an annual event, raising much needed funds for our hospital, the Markham
Stouffville Hospital,” says Mayor Lovatt.

Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt presents Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation with a cheque of $113,245 (and counting). L-R: Allan Bell, Vice President, Community Relations & Corporate Partnerships, Suzette Strong, CEO, MSH Foundation, Dr. Bear mascot and Mayor Iain Lovatt, Town of Stouffville

In celebration of Father’s Day, Rajen Sanghvi, took to the stage to talk about his own experiences with fatherhood and expressed his gratitude for the care his dad received in his final days before passing away from brain cancer.

Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt and MSH Foundation, CEO, Suzette Strong present Team Burtman and the Sanghvi family with an award for top fundraising team

“My dad, Burt, was a volunteer at Markham Stouffville Hospital and when he passed last year, I couldn’t think of any better way to honour him than to participate in this Stouffville 5K,” says Sanghvi. “From the time of my dad’s diagnosis through to his passing, he had a number of visits to Markham Stouffville Hospital, and as a family, so did we. Markham Stouffville Hospital is a wonderful hospital and we are lucky to have it so close to us.”

Dr. Bear mascot of Oak Valley Health’s Markham Stouffville Hospital with the Sanghvi family L-R: Rashmi, Sutuja, Rishi, Rajen and Siddharth

Today, health care’s complex landscape is changing, along with our growing, diverse community. Government can’t fund all of the hospital’s priority needs. MSH is committed to delivering the highest quality integrated care and community investment will make all the difference. Participation in fundraising initiatives like the Stouffville 5K helps equip MSH’s award-winning staff with leading-edge technology to help provide the best patient outcomes possible.

Dr. Bear cheers on the Kids 1K at the Stouffville Main Street 5K

“Generous community support is essential for Markham Stouffville Hospital to be able to remain on the cutting-edge of patient care,” says Suzette Strong, CEO, MSH Foundation. “Our hospital can only thrive with the help of the caring spirit of its community. Thank you toMayor Lovatt, Council, and the Stouffville community for bringing a lifetime of care close to home.”

Mayor Iain Lovatt receives a gift of appreciation from Allan Bell, Vice President, Community Relations & Corporate Partnerships, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation

Donations are still being accepted until July 1, 2024 and can be made online at https://raceroster.com/events/2024/85023/stouffville-main-street-5k

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