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News : Health Oct 14, 2012 - 6:23:14 AM

A Celebration of Life and Hope

By Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut

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Julia Sweeney
Celebrities, cancer survivors, sponsors, dignitaries and more are coming together November 8th to help raise funds to open the first Cancer Support Community in southern Connecticut. Funds raised at the “Celebration of Life and Hope” will be used to offer free cancer support and education for patients and their families living with cancer, so that no one faces cancer alone.

The Celebration-- at the Waterview in Monroe-- features internationally known author/comedienne Julia Sweeney who is best known for her stint on Saturday Night Live and performances in Pulp Fiction, Frasier and Sex & the City.

She will be joined by presenter Dr. Jennifer Kapo of the Yale Cancer Center, and co-emcees Gillian Neff (News 12) and Morgan Amarone (Miss Connecticut 2011). Musical performances will be provided by Michael Mugrage and Vivace, and invited guests include Governor Dannel Malloy and Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Individual tickets and corporation sponsorships for the gala are available at

“There are 20,000 new cancer diagnoses each year right here in Connecticut,” said Loreen Brown, board chair of CSC-SCT. “The numbers are staggering, with men having a one in two chance of developing an invasive cancer and women having a one in three chance of doing so. Studies show that people who are newly diagnosed – and their family and friends— need a range of support services that complement their medical treatment but are not typically found at the medical facility.”

“I enthusiastically support the opening a Cancer Support Community in southern Connecticut,” said Dr. Thomas Lynch, Director of the Yale Cancer Center. “Cancer affects our families, friends and neighbors throughout all stages of the cancer journey--a local CSC will offer education, compassion and hope through a variety of professionally led, free programming to our communities.”

The mission of CSC is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community so that no one faces cancer alone.

All services are FREE of charge and held in a comfortable, non-medical setting. CSC programs are designed for anyone affected by cancer -- men, women, children, teens, patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and loved ones. By offering a an array of support services that include support/education groups, healthy lifestyle, social activities, and information and referrals, CSC licensed professionals help each person design a customized plan.


The Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut (CSC-SCT) is an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community – an international network of independently chartered non-profit organizations. Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community so that no one faces cancer alone. CSC-SCT will serve Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties and is raising funds to build its first facility in southern Connecticut, with significant offsite programming also planned through a variety of partnerships in multiple communities throughout the region. The Cancer Support Community program has five core components: support, education, healthy lifestyles, social opportunities, and information/referrals.

For more information, contact Robert Carraro at 203-212-6799 or


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