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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON and Baltimore, MD

Desire2Learn Employees Set Team Record During Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Great Strides™ Walk

Press Release

Mike Denomme, Director of Sales Operations, leads a 119 member team, including 25 Desire2Learn employees, to raise over $43,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced that Deno’s Dream Team, captained by Desire2Learn Director, Sales Operations, Mike Denomme, raised over $43,000 in the Great Strides Walk™ to Cure Cystic Fibrosis.

With 119 members, Deno’s Dream Team is the largest team to ever participate in the Great Strides Walk. Twenty-five members of the team are Desire2Learn employees, who collectively raised almost $13,000 thanks to a 50/50 draw, popcorn sales, and individual sponsorship from the Desire2Learn ACTION Committee. The ACTION Committee was formed to help Desire2Learn employees give back locally and globally, by meeting the community’s most pressing and important needs.

“I had only been working at Desire2Learn for four weeks when I decided to approach my company about possibly participating in Great Strides,” remarks Denomme. “When I told my colleagues about it, the immediate sense of family and spirit of volunteerism that ensued was unbelievable. Originally, we set out to raise $10,000 and thought that would be a daunting challenge. Now, we’ve quadrupled that. It is remarkable how quickly people joined the team and started fundraising.”

Mike was thrilled when his childhood friend asked him to be the godfather of his daughter. He soon found out that the little girl had been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and was motivated to do everything in his power to give her the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Inspired to help her, her older brother (who has also been diagnosed with CF), and others living with Cystic Fibrosis, Mike quickly set a goal to lead the largest Great Strides Walk team in Canada. Now, he has surpassed his goal and plans to keep fundraising and bringing awareness to this disease.

“We hope to use sponsorship of Deno’s Dream Team by Desire2Learn to encourage other corporations to be involved in the future,” states Karen McCulloch, Chair, Great Strides Canada. “The determination and persistence of Deno’s Dream Team reflects the characteristics that people living with Cystic Fibrosis must exhibit daily. The united spirit that this team brought to the Great Strides Walk is the type of attitude we need to commit to this cause every single day.”

The Great Strides Walk took place across Canada on Sunday, May 29 with an overall goal of $2.95 million in the country’s largest national fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis. Three of the top six fundraising teams in the country took part in the Waterloo event; the top team being Deno’s Dream Team.

“The commitment that Mike’s team brought to this cause is a testament to the community spirit that exists at Desire2Learn,” remarks John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “We are pleased to offer sponsorship to this important cause and are committed to continued support of employee driven initiatives within the Desire2Learn community and beyond.”

“I am thrilled that we were able to build the biggest team in Canada and raise the amount of money that we did,” says Denomme. “Yet, this is only the beginning. Before people had even finished this year’s event, they were setting goals for next year. With each additional participant and every dollar raised, the hope that there will one day be a cure for Cystic Fibrosis grows that much stronger.”

About Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure.

It is a multi-organ disorder that affects primarily the lungs and the digestive system. A buildup of thick mucus in the lungs causes severe respiratory problems. In the digestive tract, cystic fibrosis makes it extremely difficult to digest food and absorb adequate vitamins and nutrients. Thick mucus builds up and blocks the ducts of the pancreas, preventing enzymes, which help digest food, from reaching the intestines. Ultimately, most cystic fibrosis deaths are due to lung disease.

About Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a Canada-wide health charity, with 50 volunteer chapters, that funds vital cystic fibrosis research and care. The Foundation’s mandate is to help individuals with cystic fibrosis, principally by funding cystic fibrosis research and by supporting high quality clinical and transplant care. The organization also provides educational materials for the cystic fibrosis community and the general public; undertakes advocacy initiatives with, and on behalf of, Canadians with cystic fibrosis to enhance their quality of life; and raises funds to support its programs.

About Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).

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Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn
519.772.0325
PR@Desire2Learn.com
Twitter: @Desire2Learn