Two Shelton residents join fight against breast cancer

Linda Farber and Val Szendy have been named town ambassadors for Shelton in the inaugural Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure, scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

The role of a town ambassador is to raise awareness about breast cancer and the Race for the Cure. “We live here. We race here. We save lives here,” is the phrase being used to motivate volunteers to get involved in the fund-raising event.

Komen Connecticut’s local focus inspired Farber and Szendy and to become town ambassadors. According to the organization, 75% of funds raised by Komen Connecticut are put back into breast cancer programs across the state.

“Because so much of the money specifically stays in Connecticut, I really feel like I’m truly giving back to the community,” Szendy said.

Thousands expected to participate in race

Thousands of Fairfield County residents will come together on May 11 to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivors, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.

It is not too late to get involved in supporting the Race for the Cure. For information and to register or donate, go to or call 860-321-7806.

High rates of breast cancer here

Connecticut has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that more than 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the state this year.

For each of the past three years, Komen Connecticut has granted more than $1 million to local organizations providing lifesaving services, including CancerCare, Bridgeport Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center, making Komen Connecticut the largest non-government funder of breast cancer services in the state.

After local operating costs, all funds donated to Komen Connecticut support local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in the state as well as cancer research.