CT Breast Health Initiative Announces Honorary Chairs for 10th Anniversary RACE IN THE PARK

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The CT Breast Health Initiative, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to supporting local breast cancer research and education, is pleased to announce that it has appointed four Honorary Chairs for its 10th Annual RACE IN THE PARK, which will be held on Saturday, May 11th at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain.

The 10th Annual RACE IN THE PARK will be held on Saturday, May 11th at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain

The 10th Annual RACE IN THE PARK will be held on Saturday, May 11th at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain

The CT Breast Health Initiative, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to supporting local breast cancer research and education, is pleased to announce that it has appointed four Honorary Chairs for its 10th Annual RACE IN THE PARK, which will be held on Saturday, May 11th at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. The 2013 RACE Honorary RACE Chairs, are: Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman; basketball analyst and former UCONN Player, Rebecca Lobo; and, husband of the late RuthAnn Lobo and father of Jason, Rachel and Rebecca Lobo, Dennis Lobo of Simsbury. CT Breast Health Initiative has also appointed 15-year-old Erika Florian of Southington as its Honorary RACE Youth Chair.

“Each of these individuals is an advocate for local breast cancer research and education.” Joyce G. Bray, President, CT Breast Health Initiative, said. “We are grateful for their support of the RACE and belief in CT Breast Health Initiative’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer in Connecticut.”

About the 2013 Honorary RACE Chairs

Tolland resident Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman is a longtime supporter of breast cancer research and education and has served as an Honorary RACE Chair for nearly 17 years. She is an advocate for early detection measures including mammograms and self-breast exams.

Prior to losing her valiant fight against breast cancer, RuthAnn Lobo, mother of Honorary RACE Chair Rebecca Lobo, and wife of Honorary RACE Chair Dennis Lobo, served 17 years as an Honorary RACE Chair. Following her passing in 2011, Rebecca served as an Honorary Chair of the RACE’s Survivor Brunch in 2012 in memory of her mom. She will serve as an Honorary RACE Chair in 2013 alongside her father, Dennis Lobo of Simsbury.

Fifteen-year-old Southington resident Erika Florian is following in her father’s footsteps, taking an active role in fundraising for local breast cancer research. Three years ago, Erika started opening her father’s business parking lot for Southington Apple Festival parking and has donated all of her proceeds to the CT Breast Health Initiative.

A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, the RACE IN THE PARK is a fun-filled, day-long event for the entire family. In addition to the RACE itself, the event will feature a Survivor Brunch celebrating individuals in Connecticut who have won the fight against breast cancer and a Touch-a-Truck event sponsored by the City of New Britain. This year, the RACE will also include expanded kids’ activities and an enhanced food court highlighting food trucks from across the State.

Breast Cancer is a challenge facing many across the nation and right here in Connecticut. As of January 1, 2012, an estimated 2.9 million women living in the US had a history of invasive breast cancer with an additional 226,870 women projected to be diagnosed during the year (American Cancer Society, 2012). It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lives with 70-80 percent of breast cancer occurring in women with no family history of the disease.

To register for the CT Breast Health Initiative’s RACE IN THE PARK, visit http://www.ctbhi.org and click on the ‘Register’ button. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.

About CT Breast Health Initiative
The CT Breast Health Initiative, Inc. was founded in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education and research. All funds raised by CTBHI in support of finding a cure (100%) stay in Connecticut. To date, CTBHI has awarded over $2 million to fund breast cancer research and education projects in Connecticut. To learn more, visit http://www.ctbhi.org.

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