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STARS News Release

Former STARS patient walking for a cause

September 24, 2012

Rocky Mountain House, AB, September 24, 2012 – Walk for STARS, a fundraiser spearheaded by former STARS patient and Rocky Mountain House native Rebecca Fillinger, took place on September 23 at Curtis Field and saw many residence strap on their shoes to support the non-profit charitable organization. The event raised over 14,300 for STARS, who gets 79% of their funding from individuals and corporations in the community.

The event was very special for Fillinger, who was flown by STARS in 2009, and her son in 2011. “No one ever says that they hope to be flown by STARS, but if and when it is needed, you are so thankful,” says Fillinger. “Without STARS being here my son would have for sure died last year.”

“It is very special to our organization when former patients like Rebecca step forward to fundraise and help create awareness for STARS,” said Sabrina Ali, STARS events development officer.”We rely on support from the community in order to keep the helicopters in the sky.”

In 2011, STARS flew 38 missions to Rocky Mountain House, making it the third highest response location for the helicopter air ambulance.

A special thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors and supporters of the event: Trimline, Rocky Coop, Rocky REA, Annett Bros. Ent Inc., Quinn Construction, Mountain Dj Services, Oil Boss, Northern Metallic, Conoco Phillips, Rocky Credit Union, High River Ford, Rocky Dodge, Sobeys Rocky, Alert Safety, Candace Dahms, Greg Leak, Panic Printing, Century 21, Kayla Burrington, Kerry from Sprinkles, Kendra Campbell, Flipz, Career Assistance Networks, Tim Hortons, McDonald's, Rocky Mountain Meats, and Trent Kittleson.

STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions since 1985, and operates from five bases in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina and Winnipeg. A new base is anticipated to open in Saskatoon in late 2012.

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David Fairbanks
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