In a 2017 study by the American Cancer Society, it was reported that nearly 4,600 people are newly diagnosed with cancer every day. An alarming number when you also consider the measure of friends and family members supporting their loved ones during their fight. Nearly every person has been or will be impacted by the disease at some point in their life.
On Saturday, April 29th, Kim Allyson, Janet Bates, Theresa Zike, Nancy Wargo and Daniella Kohler from Hughes joined the 2,000 attendees at the 14th Annual Whittingham Cancer Center Walk & Sally’s Run at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT.
Introduced in 2004, the event was coordinated by patients to thank the compassionate staff at Whittingham Cancer Center for their unwavering care and support. Through the years, it has grown to become a major fundraiser, raising almost $3 million to date for Whittingham Cancer Center patient programs and services.
“The event is truly inspiring and uplifting. The diversity of attendees is impressive and we were in the center of it all – singing, dancing, hugging, crying, celebrating and loving each other,” said Theresa Zike. “We all know someone whose life has been forever changed by cancer. But nevertheless, we persevere!”
A dove release ceremony and speaker presentations immediately follow the race to honor those that have lost their lives to the disease, those who fought tooth and nail to conquer it, and the thousand more who will one day receive that unfortunate diagnosis.
“You should never look down, unless you are helping someone up. We were honored to participate and support the fight for a Cancer Free Future. Pay it forward, pay it back, repeat,” said Kim Allyson.
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