CancerCare hosts Walk/Run for Hope Sept. 11

CancerCare will host its 10th annual Walk/Run for Hope at Jennings Beach, 880 South Benson Road in Fairfield, on Sunday, Sept. 11. The Walk/Run for Hope is a series of family-friendly 5K events that raise funds to support CancerCare’s free, professional services provided to anyone affected by cancer.

Walkers and runners of all levels and ages are welcome to participate. Registration and check in begin at 7:45 a.m. The 5K race, which is USATF-sanctioned and certified, begins at 9 a.m. A children’s Fun Run will follow at 10:15 a.m. Both individuals and teams can register in advance at community.cancercare.org/walkct.

In Connecticut, CancerCare provides services through its Norwalk office. Two years ago, Michelle Jones of Bridgeport, a young mother, was about to embark on a new career when she faced a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. “CancerCare’s excellent resources, financial assistance and support system helped eliminate some of the hardships that come with a cancer diagnosis,” said Jones. “Everyone at CancerCare was always so caring, understanding and genuinely ready to help in any way possible.” While she was ill, her coworkers from MBI Inc. walked in her honor in the Walk/Run for Hope. This year, Jones will participate in the event and walk as a survivor.

This community-based event brings together friends and families to walk or run in memory of those they have lost to cancer, honor survivors and support those who are currently facing a cancer diagnosis. Registration fees are a $40 minimum donation per adult (13 and older); $20 minimum donation per child (12 and under); or $10 for the Fun Run only. All participants will receive a commemorative Walk/Run for Hope t-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top male and female participants in both the overall race and age-based categories. The event will be held rain or shine and parking is free.

“Our tenth year of this event is an important milestone,” said Sandra Tripodi, LCSW, CancerCare’s senior director of community engagement. “We are very grateful to the Fairfield community, the event committee and the many volunteers for their support and dedication every year.”

Those who can’t make the Walk/Run for Hope can still provide help and hope to individuals and families by making a donation at community.cancercare.org/walkct.

For more event information, call (888) 814-WALK (9255) or contact Corey Cenatiempo, CancerCare’s regional special events manager at [email protected] or 203-663-2189.

About CancerCare

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

CancerCare programs and services help 180,000 people each year. The organization distributes 350,000 publications and welcomes 2.2 million website visits annually. In the past year, CancerCare provided nearly $13 million in financial assistance. The size and scope of CancerCare has grown tremendously since 1944, but it has never wavered from its mission of providing help and hope to people affected by cancer.

To learn more, visit cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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