Over 300 friends and supporters joined together for the 11th Annual CancerCare Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope at Jennings Beach in Fairfield, Conn. on Sunday, October 15, 2017. The event raised awareness and funds for CancerCare’s vital and free programs and services for those affected by cancer.
The men’s 5K winner, Mac Ballentine of Norwalk, finished with a time of 20:23.7 and Rebecca Blanchard of Stamford was the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 20:26.9. The top five fundraising teams were Team Smirnoff, Little Pub, I Hope You Dance, Team EY (Ernst & Young) and Kuhl & The Gang.
At the opening ceremonies, Pablo Parizot, 17, of Rowayton shared his experiences for the past two years at CancerCare’s Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp at Malibu Ranch where he met people his own age who were going through the exact same struggles dealing with the loss of a parent. “Having someone who not only listens, but completely understands what you’re saying is invaluable,” said Parizot, who is grateful to CancerCare for fostering new friendships with people who have made a positive influence on his life.
CancerCare thanks the Fairfield community, the many volunteers as well as the sponsors and community partners: Finn Partners, Little Pub, Teva Oncology, Whole Foods Market Fairfield, Genentech, Tallman Segerson, The Walking Company, K-Deer, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media, AMR, DoubleTree by Hilton Norwalk, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Poland Spring, soundRUNNER, Source Coffeehouse and Venture Photography.
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. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.
To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).