The annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital has added two incentive awards this year.

The top individual fundraiser will receive the William C. Powanda Memorial Award and the top fundraising team will win the Team Synergy Award. The winners of each award will receive a plaque and prizes.

The individual award is named after Griffin’s longtime vice president and Seymour resident who played a crucial role in starting the 5K.

“Bill was a driving force and amazing supporter of the 5K,” said Lori Murphy, BS, R.T.(T), director of The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital. “We have so many participants that put their heart and soul into this event and we wanted to have an award that recognizes how Bill’s dedication to Griffin and the Center for Cancer Care lives on.”

The team award name is a tribute to the cooperation between departments is the Center that provides comprehensive care for each patient’s body, mind and spirit.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 28, the 5K Walk-Run is a non-competitive, family-friendly event. It begins with day-of registration at 7:30 a.m., and the Walk/Run kicking off at 9 a.m. Registration is $30. The registration fees will increase by $5 after Sept. 14.

All proceeds are dedicated to providing personalized cancer care and to help ease the financial burden of Griffin’s cancer patients as they undergo treatment. Sponsorship opportunities include signage at the event, logos on the event promotional materials and T-shirts, recognition from the stage, and the opportunity to have a table to distribute products at the event.

Individuals and teams may register online at The first 500 registered participants will receive T-shirts. Participants also will receive a free gift from the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton. For more information, contact Laura Murphy at