CancerCare is set to host its 9th Annual Walk/Run for Hope at Jennings Beach, 880 South Benson Road in Fairfield, Conn. on Sunday, October 4, 2015. 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. Fairfield Selectman Sheila Marmion will officially start the 5K at 9 a.m. A children’s half mile Fun Run will follow at 10:15 a.m. Both individuals and teams can register in advance at http://community.cancercare.org/walkct. The 5K course is USATF-sanctioned.
“This event helps support people in so many ways, from financial assistance for cancer victims to grief counseling for families,” said James Hunt of Norwalk, co-chair of the event along with his wife, Erin. After his mother, Rosemary Hunt, lost her battle to cancer, James has been forever grateful for CancerCare’s help during a difficult time of grief and loss. For the fourth year, he will form a team at the Walk/Run for Hope with family, friends and colleagues in memory of his mother to support CancerCare’s services.
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.
Those who can’t make the Walk/Run for Hope can purchase a star in honor or memory of a loved one or add a message of hope for others. The stars will be part of the Stars of Hope Constellation displayed at the event. A star with text is $35; one with an image and text is $50.
CancerCare serves all of Connecticut and maintains an office in Norwalk. “CancerCare gives support in a variety of ways but the emotional support is extremely important in the outcome,” said breast cancer survivor Dian Vince of Trumbull. The CancerCare support group she joined became an invaluable part of her journey and nine years later, she still maintains friendships with the members. This year will be her eighth Walk/Run for Hope, which she will dedicate to a colleague lost to cancer and a friend newly diagnosed.
CancerCare is grateful to the following event sponsors and community partners: Teva Pharmaceutical, Serendipity Magazine, TMK Sports & Entertainment, AMR, Fleet Feet Sports Stamford, Pure, Poland Spring, Village Bagels and Whole Foods.
Founded in 1944, CancerCareis the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. CancerCare’s 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).