Race benefitting cancer center sets a record

The annual Griffin Hospital 5K Walk/Run to Benefit the Center for Cancer Care set a record for participation with nearly 580 participants and raised more than $50,000 for patient needs.

The Oct. 18 event drew walkers and runners from throughout the Greater Naugatuck Valley and surrounding areas and featured a survivors’ tent for local cancer survivors.

Proceeds from the event are earmarked for patient support programs at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital and financial assistance for cancer patients for a variety needs, including housing, groceries, transportation and wigs.

The was supported by the Ansonia and Derby police departments, along with  donations from The Ansonia Rod and Gun Club, Tomra, Smilow Cancer Hospital, Centrix, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialists, LLC, Yale Podiatry, Forrest Construction Company, Life Touch, Hersam Acorn Newspapers (which publishes the Shelton Herald), Star 99.9, Adams Super Food Store, Big Y, Bruegger’s Bagels, Duchess Restaurant, Eddy’s Bakeshop, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Kim’s Light Foods and YoCrunch.

The Center for Cancer Care is at 350 Seymour Avenue, Derby.

Donations are still being accepted at griffin5k.kintera.org. For more information, call 203-732-7431 or email 5kwalkrun@griffinhealth.org.