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Aim Employees Participate in ‘Panerathon’ for a Great Cause

Posted on September 25th, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Aim employees and their families put their soles to the pavement for a great cause during the recently held Panerathon in Youngstown, Ohio.

What is the Panerathon? It’s a 10K run or a two-mile run or walk put on by Panera Bread that benefits the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center (JACBCC). It also happens to be the largest community fundraiser in Youngstown.

To give you an idea of the event’s scope: In 2017, 11,000 participants, spectators, sponsors and community supporters raised $410,000. To date, including this year’s numbers, the Panerathon has raised more than $2.5 million, which made possible JACBCC’s state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit, the first mobile unit in eastern Ohio to offer 3D mammography, a less invasive, more informative technology.

This year, the Aim squad was one of more than 5,000 teams. Our walkers sported Aim-sponsored T-shirts with the team name “Hakuna Ma Tatas,” a fun play on the popular feelgood phrase “Hakuna Matata” from Disney’s “The Lion King.”

“As a breast cancer survivor, it’s heartening to see such an amazing turnout,” said Aim Human Resource Generalist Cris Pinter. “The human resolve on display here is an uplifting reminder that no one is alone in their fight; we’re all in it together.”

Team Hakuna Ma Tatas joined the morning pre-race festivities, which included food, music, a flash mob and informational booths before stepping up to the starting line at 10 a.m.

All in all, it took the Aim team about 45 minutes to walk the two-mile route—a slightly protracted time thanks to a pit-stop to pet some goats.

According to the Panerathon website, this year’s fundraiser, in spite of the scorching temperatures, was a record-breaking year across the board. It saw the largest attendance numbers and raised more money than any other year.

“This is a great event for a worthy cause,” said Aim Virtual Service Manager and Team Captain Tony Sparrow. “It’s incredible what can be accomplished when a community comes together to work toward such a noble goal.”

For more information about the Panerathon and how you can get involved, visit panerathon.org .

Team Hakuna Ma Tatas gather for a group photo before stepping up to the starting line.

Aim employees and family members pose for a team picture.

A jam-packed crowd eagerly await the green-light to begin the course.

A river of runners and walkers navigate the Panerathon course through downtown Youngstown, Ohio.

Aim Human Resource Generalist Cris Pinter spotted an Aim truck parked along the course.

Pictured are Aim Virtual Facility Service Manager Frank Pauley and his wife, Rachel Pauley, along with their two daughters.

Aim employees (front to back) Kortnie Stoudt, Jessica Albert, Danielle Regula and Jennifer Adkins stop for a selfie before stepping onto the course.

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