Greenwich turns out big to help CancerCare

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Runners got off to a fast start to benefit a good cause at the first annual CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope at Greenwich Point.  — John Ferris Robben photo

Runners got off to a fast start to benefit a good cause at the first annual CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope at Greenwich Point.
— John Ferris Robben photo

Close to 400 people came out for last Sunday’s CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope at Greenwich Point, and plans are already under way for this to become an annual event.

According to event organizers, walkers and runners of all ages helped to raise more than $30,000 for CancerCare’s free national support services, which are provided to anyone affected by cancer, including cancer patients and their families in Connecticut.

“It was an amazing turnout for an amazing day,” said Sandra Tripodi, regional director of CancerCare CT. “Spirits were high and the energy of the crowd was palpable. We are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters and to the entire Greenwich community for helping make this exciting event possible.”

For state Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st District), this issue has become very personal after his own battle with cancer over the last months. With a clean bill of health from doctors, he served as co-chair of the event and spoke about the organization’s impact.

“Having such a wonderful organization around to answer questions, as well as provide guidance, is both comforting and essential when dealing with an illness that can be frightening and confusing,” Mr. Camillo said. “Now more than ever, CancerCare is vital to those in most need of its services.”

His co-chair Laura Augustyn added, “I feel this is the No. 1 organization that helps individuals. Ten years ago I was diagnosed. I was young and didn’t know where to turn. Then I found CancerCare.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was also on hand, and the Greenwich resident told the participants that not only was he proud to be part of the event, but that he was grateful for all of them caring.

CancerCare’s professional support services in Connecticut are offered free of charge to anyone affected by cancer. Services include professional counseling offering support and information online, phone and in-person support groups for survivors and their families, educational workshops and publications providing insight into testing, treatment options and diagnosis management, and limited funding to patients in need of financial assistance, including transportation to and from treatment, as well as home care and child care coverage.

Organizers gave thanks for the support of sponsors, including Genetech, Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, Chicken Joe’s, Teamsters Union Local No. 456, Hint Water, Serendipity Magazine, Cassone’s Bakery, King’s Food Market, LP MacAdams, and Starbucks.

CancerCare, founded in 1944, serves all 50 states and more than 1 million people each year. To learn more, visit cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673). To find out who ran the best times, check out results in this week’s sports section and at Greenwich-post.com.

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