TRI-AD Associate "Walks for the Cure" in the San Diego Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

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With support from coworkers, family and friends, TRI-AD Associate Irma Lopez walked 60 miles to support breast cancer research in the Breast Cancer 3-Day, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Part of a series of events in 12 cities, San Diego's 3-Day Walk was held November 21 - 23, 2008 and raised an estimated $11 million.

With support from coworkers, family and friends, TRI-AD Associate Irma Lopez walked 60 miles to support breast cancer research in the Breast Cancer 3-Day, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Part of a series of events in 12 cities, San Diego's 3-Day Walk was held November 21 - 23, 2008 and raised an estimated $11 million.

Ms. Lopez joined 5,550 other participants who walked about 20 miles each day of the event. Registrants were required to raise at least $2,200 in donations to participate. Through an array of fundraising activities, including silent auctions, for-donation potluck lunches, a "penny war," craft and bake sales, TRI-AD's Associates helped Ms. Lopez meet her fundraising goal. "I just couldn't believe how much everyone got into helping me meet my donation goal. It seemed like everyone here had a relative or friend who had been affected by breast cancer. I walked for all of them."

Ms. Lopez wore a special sash made for her by fellow TRI-AD Associate Ann Beckett. Adhered to the pink satin sash were 60 pink ribbons, each bearing the name of a woman affected by breast cancer, including a special ribbon and photo of Ms. Lopez' mother-in-law, Rosa Serrano, who succumbed to the disease in 2004. Some ribbons represented survivors, others were in memory of women who lost their battle against the cancer that will claim the lives of 40,000 people this year.

TRI-AD Vice President Thad Hamilton praised TRI-AD's Associates for their fundraising activities and for supporting Ms. Lopez in her endeavor. "Surprising Irma with a 'Pink Potluck' the day before the walk capped off almost a year's worth of fun and meaningful ways to show support for Irma and help her reach her goal. We are all proud of Irma for joining this challenging event and for raising awareness here about the fight against breast cancer."

About The Breast Cancer 3-Day Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Breast Cancer 3-Day is an opportunity to educate tens of thousands of people about breast health, including the importance of early detection. Participants travel an average of 20 miles a day during each Breast Cancer 3-Day event. Proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefit the breast cancer movement, grassroots activism and community outreach programs of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Nationally, the events generate millions of dollars to fund critical breast cancer research and community outreach programs.

About TRI-AD
TRI-AD was founded in 1974 as a defined benefit plan administration firm, and over the years has grown service offerings to cover a complete range of employee benefit administration services. TRI-AD is currently the largest privately-owned employee benefits administration firm in Southern California, with over 1,000 clients nationwide. Our "hire through retire" approach provides a single-source outsourcing solution to mid-sized and large employers for all their employee benefits administration needs. More information at http://www.tri-ad.com.

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