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For Immediate Release — February 28, 2007

Vascular Disease Foundation Seeking Runners for The 2007 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

Lakewood, CO – The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) announced today that it has once again been selected as an official charity for The 2007 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon to take place on Sunday, October 7, 2007 in downtown Chicago. VDF is seeking runners to participate with Team VDF and help raise awareness about vascular disease. Registration for the marathon opened on January 1 and will close when the participant capacity of 45,000 is reached so now is the time for interested parties to register and run for a good cause at the same time!

Over 20 million Americans are at risk for vascular diseases such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These are serious diseases that can lead to heart attack, stroke, disability and death. With the proper education, many of these diseases are treatable and the serious consequences prevented, but they must be caught in time. Running for Team VDF will help to bring awareness and education to the more than 1.2 million spectators that will attend this year’s marathon.

To become a member of Team VDF, runners pay a $35 tax deductible registration fee and receive a team t-shirt, singlet and a goody bag. Once they are registered with Team VDF they must commit to raising a minimum of $150 towards vascular disease education, participants who raise more than the minimum will be eligible for prizes such as gift cards and clothing. Fundraising support and encouragement will be provided by VDF along the way.

VDF is one of 85 charities that have been selected to participate in the marathon’s 2007 charity program. The marathon’s Web site encourages runners to make the experience “more meaningful by dedicating your race to a charitable cause”. Last year 5,000 runners combined to raise over $9.5 million for 60 charities at the 29th annual race.

“Last year, 24 runners were the first group ever to run for vascular disease education and helped to raise over $14,000 towards the cause. This year we’re trying to double our efforts.” said Sheryl Benjamin, executive director, Vascular Disease Foundation. “Most Americans don’t know that vascular disease can kill or cripple almost as many people as heart disease or cancer! It is our goal to alert as many people as we can about these diseases so they can be educated and take preventative measures to improve their quality of life.”

There is still time to register for the marathon at and VDF is still looking for runners willing to help the organization meet its $25,000 fundraising goal. To learn how to join Team VDF, please call Christa Saracco 888-VDF-4INFO or visit