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Four Axiom Striders Raise $10,500 for Breast Cancer Fight

August 19, 2004

Falls Church, VA . Four highly-committed volunteers from Axiom Resource Management, Incorporated, completed the Breast Cancer 3-Day 60-mile Walk, raising over $10,500 to support the fight against breast cancer.

Carrie Giunta, Vickie Zaharopoulos, Jennifer Maysack, and Melissa Rieder have been raising funds and taking pledges since late last year, when they made the decision to complete the 3-Day Walk. "We believed this was worth doing, and we believed that the money we raised could make a difference," said Maysack, the firm's deputy director of human resources.

In addition to fundraising, the quartet undertook a serious conditioning program, so that they could complete the 60-mile trek, which covers a course from Chantilly, Virginia to Washington, DC over the weekend of August 13th through 15th.

Proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Days benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to fund breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs, as well as the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, to provide a permanent endowment for breast cancer initiatives.

Zaharopoulos, Axiom's director of contracting, has a family member fighting the disease. "Last year my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then I have thought of nothing else," she said. "For three awesome days I felt in control, there was something for me to do. It wasn't just a walk, it was a statement of belief that we can all do something to help in this fight against cancer."

"Breast cancer takes nearly 40,000 lives per year in America," stated Giunta, a contracting specialist, "and the four of us did this to bring the day closer when science can find a cure." Rieder, an Axiom management consultant, said " I've seen how breast cancer has affected family and friends. In participating in this walk we're one step closer to eradicating breast cancer altogether...I'm confident that someday we'll live in a world where our kids won't know what breast cancer is."

Doug Peardon, Axiom Partner, expressed praise for the good works of his staff. "Axiom has always been a positive presence in the larger community, but this team's fund-raising prowess sets a new standard. I could not be more proud of their achievement in support of the fight against breast cancer." Axiom, a management consulting firm in Falls Church, p rovides program management, operational support, accessibility, and IT solutions. The firm delivers studies and analyses, web, marketing and distance learning support, as well as information clearinghouse and distribution services.

For more information contact Frank Cumberland, Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Strategic Planning, at 703.998.0327 Ext 222.

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