Norwalk, CT - The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital is gearing up for its annual benefit walk/run on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Event proceeds support patient care initiatives, research, clinical trials and extensive support services. Last year’s event drew more than 2,500 participants and raised a record $415,000.
Created by grateful patients in 2004, this community-driven event has raised over $1.6 million to support patient care at the Whittingham Cancer Center. In 2010, “Sally’s Run” was named in memory of Sally Kalin, a Wilton resident who passed away after an eight year battle with cancer. “I can't think of a better tribute to Sally where friends and family join with Norwalk Hospital to reflect on her life and the outstanding care she consistently received at Norwalk Hospital" shared Steve Kalin, Sally’s husband.
The 3K walk and 5K run start and end at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Registration begins at 9 am, with the walk/run starting at 11 am. Guests enjoy a great day of outdoor fun, prize drawings, kids’ activities with Stepping Stones Museum for Children and The Maritime Aquarium, and entertainment by DNR – Fairfield County’s (Almost) All Physician Band, featuring Dr. Richard Frank, the director of cancer research at Norwalk Hospital. There will also be a donor registry with Be The Match to screen for potential marrow donors to help patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood disorders.
Holly and Jeff Pivor of Weston are co-chairing the event for the third year in a row. A 12-year breast cancer survivor, Holly shares “It’s our way of saying thanks for the amazing care we received. The walk/run is a great way for patients, survivors and families to get involved, take charge and fight back.”
Residents can register, build a team and donate online at www.norwalkhospitalfoundation.org or call 203.852.2216. Registration is $30 per person and includes a free t-shirt. There is no charge for children under 12. Additionally, the walk route is lined with tribute signs that can be purchased for $100. Signs are a great way to honor or remember a loved one, recognize a special physician or nurse, or promote a local business. Event sponsorship opportunities are available, please call 203.852.2350.
Event Sponsors to date include the Whittingham Family, the Kalin Family, First Niagara Foundation, Norwalk Medical Group, the Pivor Family, Canaiden, The Hour, Hologic, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the Morris Family, Nelson Ambulance, Purdue Pharma, Pepperidge Farm (as of 04/06/12)
About Whittingham Cancer Center
The Whittingham Cancer Center is a comprehensive community cancer center offering patients superior care, close to home. Accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, the center offers a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure patients have the best available treatment options. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, advanced clinical trials, complementary medical therapies, genetic counseling and extensive support service are centralized in one convenient location. Additionally, the center offers early detection and prevention programs, cancer education, navigator program and new survivorship program. To learn more, visit www.norwalkhealth.org