Massive Family Scavenger Hunt of Wilton and Surrounding Communities Promises Colorful Costumes, Crazy Competition, and Life-Saving Fundraising

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2nd Annual Great Wilton Scavenger Hunt to be Held at Cannon Grange Will Benefit The CORD Foundation to Help Local Pediatric Spinal Cord Tumor Victims

The CORD Foundation has announced the 2nd Annual Great Wilton Scavenger Hunt will be held at Cannon Grange on September 1, 2012. The fundraiser and competition will host up to 60 teams, comprised of up to 120 families, scouring Wilton and the surrounding towns for three hours as they compete to claim the winning trophy while raising money for pediatric spinal cord research.

What: 2nd Annual Great Wilton Scavenger Hunt to Benefit Kennedy’s CORD Foundation

Where: Cannon Grange - 25 Cannon Road, Wilton, CT

When: Saturday, September 1, 2012 (rain or shine)
    1:00 pm – The Hunt Begins!
    6:00 pm – Winner Announced/Trophy Awarded

Last year’s scavenger hunt raised more than $17,000 to speed potentially life-saving research into curing pediatric spinal cord tumors. Organizers predict this year’s scavenger hunt will raise even more money with additional opportunities to donate through a silent auction, commemorative t-shirt sales, and food and beverage tasting stands. The crowd will be entertained by local Wilton band One Bad Oyster.

“We heard from so many parents that the event was an incredible bonding experience with their kids, and also how much they learned about Wilton’s rich history,” said Jeff Snyder, board member of The CORD Foundation and father to 11-year-old spinal cord tumor sufferer Kennedy who has battled astrocytoma since the age of two. “It is amazing how the entire Wilton community has rallied around our daughter’s cause. Their passion to help find a cure for Kennedy is nothing less than inspirational.”

“As a pediatrician, finding a cure for pediatric cancers is such an important cause to me. Kennedy is an amazing kid and I am thrilled to be able to help contribute to spinal cord cancer research,” said Lori Smith, event organizer, “The teams had so much fun last year and this year is going to be even better!”

Registration is now open and families must sign up no later than August 17, 2012 and submit the $250 tax-deductible per team fee to play. Points will be given for each scavenger item collected and creativity points will be awarded for the best team costumes. The team with the most points will receive prizes and a trophy. Those wishing to make a donation, volunteer, or sponsor the event can do so by visiting http://www.cordfoundation.org/wilton-scavenger-hunt-2/.

This event is open to the media. Kennedy, her father Jeff, and event organizers will be available for interviews. Media wishing to attend the event should contact Jeff Snyder at (203) 521-4046. Media in attendance are asked to sign in at the registration table upon arrival.

Kennedy’s Story
Kennedy Snyder has been battling cancer nearly all her life. First diagnosed with a painful astrocytoma at age two, Kennedy has endured multiple surgeries and chemotherapy to treat a recurring tumor on her spinal cord. Now 11-years-old, even though the tumor has weakened her legs and one hand, it has never dimmed her irrepressible spirit. For more about Kennedy’s struggle visit http://www.cordfoundation.org/kennedy.

About The CORD Foundation
CORD stands for “A Cure for Others through Research and Development.” The CORD Foundation seeks to increase the level of potentially life-saving research in the area of pediatric spinal cord tumors, a rare condition with no safe treatment options that provide a cure without debilitating consequences. To date, research in this area has been grossly underfunded due to the rare nature of the condition.

The CORD Foundation’s mission is to find a cure for pediatric spinal cord gliomas by promoting medical research and increasing public awareness of spinal cord tumors. The CORD Foundation Scientific Review Board is comprised of some of the most renowned scientists and physicians in the field today. The CORD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. For more information about The CORD Foundation visit http://www.cordfoundation.org.

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