Laurel Gaumer to Direct Strides for Hope 2008 Campaign for The Wellness Community

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Noted Bay Area business consultant, community volunteer and marathon enthusiast named 2008 Chair Woman of the annual Strides for Hope fundraising campaign to benefit people affected by cancer.

Laurel Gaumer, a leading Bay Area exit strategy consultant to business owners and managing partner of Robbinex of Northern California, has been named Chair Woman of The Wellness Community's (San Francisco/East Bay) "Strides for Hope 2008" fundraising campaign. Participants of Strides for Hope 2008 from TWC locations around the U.S. will meet at the Big Sur International Marathon on April 27, where they will walk or run distances ranging from a 5K to a full marathon.

The Wellness Community will hold informational meetings open to the public on January 15 and 29, so that those who are interested in participating or have questions can meet with coaches and other Strides for Hope representatives.

"This is an opportunity for people who have never walked a mile, as well as veteran marathoners, to join in a hugely fun event and be coached by professionals to achieve their personal best," said Gaumer.

The Wellness Community provides free support, education and hope to cancer patients and their loved ones. "We serve over 1,400 people annually," noted Executive Director, Jim Bouquin. "This year we are expecting the largest participation ever for our Strides event."

Participants will include corporate teams as well as families, individuals, couch potatoes who want a good reason to get outside and get in shape, and past participants.

"Everyone has fun," said Bouquin, "And the whole community benefits from the services The Wellness Community provides."

For more information or to sign up, contact Amy Alanes, 925.933.0107 or

Editor Contacts:
Laurel Gaumer, Robbinex, 925.735.3950,
Bill Gram-Reefer, WORLDVIEW, 925-459-8537,

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