CancerCare’s second annual “Walk/Run for Hope” takes place May 4 at Greenwich Point. The Walk/Run for Hope raises funds to support CancerCare’s free, professional services provided to anyone affected by cancer.
“CancerCare is there to provide free services to those dealing with a cancer diagnosis. On Sunday, May 4th, we can be there for them by participating in and raising money for their annual walk/run at Greenwich Point,” said Connecticut State Representative, House District 151, Fred Camillo.
“I know from personal experience that facing this illness can be overwhelming, but an organization like CancerCare makes certain that you won’t have to do so alone,” said Camillo.
Walkers and runners of all levels and ages are welcome to participate.
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., and the official start time is 9:00 a.m. The event will also feature a half mile Children’s Fun Run. Both individuals and teams can participate by registering at the CancerCare website.
CancerCare client and advocate Margie, of Stamford, began meeting with a CancerCare social worker after she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) six months ago.
“I was saying how appreciative I was and my social worker told me about the walk/run,” said Margie. I thought it would be a good idea to give back and formed a team called ‘The Lymphomaniacs.’ I posted it on Facebook and it grew like wildfire. It’s absolutely incredible.”
Margie’s team, made up of 55 members, has raised $5,000 to support CancerCare’s support services.
“From the first time I called CancerCare, they were very warm and welcoming. They helped me to talk things through – like getting a second opinion and tolerating the chemo. I hope to be involved with CancerCare for many years to come and to help others find the services that they gave to me.”
“As a native of Greenwich, it gives me great pleasure to be working with a local team of volunteers and supporters to raise awareness and support for CancerCare’s free programs and financial assistance to anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer,” said CancerCare Connecticut Office Regional Director Sandra Tripodi, LCSW, ACSW.
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 the disease.
Registration fees for the event are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. 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 5K course is USATF-sanctioned and runs through Tod’s Point.
For more event information, contact Deborah A. Sussman at [email protected].
Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our 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 professional oncology social workers. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).