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Mylan Relay for Hope making their way cross-Canada run in fight against HIV/AIDS

BELLEVILLE, ON – The Mylan Relay for Hope made a pit stop at Kupar Enterprises in Belleville, ON today in a portion of an estimated 8,500 km relay across Canada in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Kupar’s driver – Jean L. is driving the RV that follows the national relay team that features 35 runners divided into teams, each of which will be responsible for running the distance in its province.

Organized by Mylan N.V. in partnership with the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), the relay will raise funds for people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and promote awareness and education about the disease for all Canadians.

The six-month cross-country campaign will raise much-needed funds for CAS, a Canadian charity, as well as for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a global charity that has partnered with Mylan on various HIV/AIDS-related initiatives around the world.

The runners will be followed by a campaign-themed RV that will transport sections of the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Canadian counterpart of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that originated in San Francisco in 1987. Comprising more than 80 sections, each counterpane memorializes a person who has succumbed to AIDS through the symbolic comfort of a quilt.

They will also travel with the Mylan Quilt of Hope, a grassroots idea developed by Mylan and a group of volunteer quilters, and will invite Canadians along the way to sign a commemorative panel that will be assembled into a larger quilt to be revealed at the conclusion of the relay.

Sir Elton John affirmed his support for the Mylan Relay for Hope, “This kind of initiative is urgently needed in many countries around the world to raise awareness about this deadly disease that has killed so many and to raise funds to help treat people living with HIV/AIDS – not just in Canada, but everywhere around the world.”

Worldwide, 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, including an estimated 71,300 Canadians.

The relay is scheduled to end in Hope, British Columbia, by mid-October.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in the campaign by donating directly to the cause, signing up to be a fundraiser, or tracking the runners in real-time and running a distance with them. Information is available at www.relayforhope.ca or by following the campaign via Twitter @relayforhope_ca or by using the hashtag #RelayforHope.