Letter: Putting ‘hope in motion’ for cancer cure

To the Editors:
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bennett Cancer Center’s beloved Walk & Run — the signature event of the year-round Hope in Motion fund-raising initiative. Nearly 5,000 community members — including many from Wilton — came together on National Cancer Survivor’s Day to participate in our annual event, support those who have been touched by cancer and remember those who have lost their battle. To date, the event has raised over $833,000 of its $1 million goal.
All of the funds raised through this and other Hope in Motion events remain at the Bennett Cancer Center, and directly support the multitude of vital programs and services offered to our patients and their families. Our supportive care programs include an integrative medicine program (massage, Reflexology, Reiki, yoga and Tai Chi); individual, family and group counseling; exercise programs; nutritional counseling; and survivorship programs. Having served as director of the Bennett Cancer Center since the event’s inception in 1995, I have witnessed how these important programs make a real difference in the lives of our patients.
On behalf of the physicians and staff at the Bennett Cancer Center, as well as our 2015 event organizers, I would like to thank all of our committee members and volunteers who provided us with countless hours of hard work and dedication. In addition, we could not have such a successful event year after year without the continued and generous support of our sponsors. But most of all, we would like to extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to all of those who joined us this past Sunday — friends, family and survivors — you truly put “hope in motion.”
See you all next year!
Liz Manfredo
Director, Cancer Services, Bennett Cancer Center
Stamford Hospital
Stamford, June 15