New Britain, Conn. (PRWEB) April 04, 2013
The CT Breast Health Initiative, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to supporting local breast cancer research and education, today announced that Joan Lunden, American Journalist, Author and Co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America will be a featured speaker during its 2013 Survivors’ Brunch Celebration. The Brunch will take place on May 11th at 11a.m., during the 10th Anniversary RACE IN THE PARK at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain.
“We are thrilled to have Joan speak at the Survivors’ Brunch Celebration,” Joyce G. Bray, President, CT Breast Health Initiative, said. “She is a welcomed addition to the event, which celebrates the triumph of breast cancer survivors across Connecticut.”
In addition to remarks by Joan Lunden, the Brunch will feature a presentation by Eileen Kaplan, Humorist, Author, Laughter is the Breast Medicine. Survivors will also have an opportunity to meet local breast cancer researchers funded by CT Breast Health Initiative. Music will be provided by the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Choir.
“The Brunch is an opportunity for survivors’ to meet one another and share their stories,” Marie Heslin, Survivors’ Brunch Celebration Chair and 5-year survivor, said. “It is an important reminder of the need to fund local breast cancer research and why the CT Breast Health Initiative and RACE IN THE PARK support this effort.”
Survivors will receive pink baseball caps (if needed) and ribbons to denote the number of years of survivorship during registration that morning. All Brunch attendees will be entered to win a weekend at Joan Lunden’s Camp Reveille in Maine.
A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, the CT Breast Health Initiative RACE IN THE PARK presented by NEWS 8 is a fun-filled, event for the entire family. In addition to eight races (four kids races, male and female 5Ks, a one mile walk and a 4K walk) and the Survivors’ Brunch Celebration, the event will feature 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% of breast cancer occurring in women with no family history of the disease.
The 2013 Survivors’ Brunch Celebration is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare. Brunch is generously donated by The Hospital of Central Connecticut and dessert, by Frosted Couture Cupcakes.
To register for the CT Breast Health Initiative’s RACE IN THE PARK, visit http://www.ctbhi.org and click on the ‘Register’ button.
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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