Letter: Hope takes first place at cancer run

To the Editors:
It was such an honor to see the community come together once again to support those who are, or have in the past been treated for cancer, at the Bennett Cancer Center’s 22nd annual Walk & Run. On Sunday, June 5, National Cancer Survivors Day, more than 3,500 community members, including many from Wilton, filled downtown Stamford. The Walk & Run is the signature event for Hope in Motion, our year-round fund-raising initiative, and gives families and friends an opportunity to rally around cancer survivors and honor and remember loved ones as well.
Due to the community’s dedication and the ongoing generosity of those who support this event, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many patients and their families. The funds raised go directly towards programs and services that benefit our patients, including: transportation to and from treatment; supportive care and educational services, such as stress management, nutritional counseling, individual/family group counseling, and a survivorship program; mini grants that help eligible patients in need of financial help with non-medical expenses; massage, reflexology, Reiki, yoga, and tai chi; and post treatment recovery services, including exercise programs and sessions with a cancer-certified trainer.
All of these programs are made available to patients and their families at no additional charge because of the funds raised by Hope in Motion. As the director of the Bennett Cancer Center, I have witnessed the life-changing impact these services have on our patients and their families. It is gratifying to know that we can support them through all aspects of their cancer journey.
On behalf of everyone at Stamford Health, I would like to thank our generous sponsors, event organizers, committee members and volunteers for their unwavering commitment and hard work.
I sincerely want to thank everyone who continues to help us put “hope in motion” for cancer patients in our community. We could not do this without all of you and I look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Liz Manfredo
Director, Bennett Cancer Center
Cancer Service Line
Stamford Health
Stamford, June 22