The CT Breast Health Initiative, Inc. was founded in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education and research. Our desire is to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.
Connecticut is currently ranked 35th in the nation for breast cancer mortality and for a small state, this is a huge challenge. That’s why 100% of the money raised here in Connecticut stays in Connecticut. CT BHI has focused all of its considerable energy and resources on education and research, funding forward thinking programs that have yet to qualify for federal grants. And it’s all happening where it matters most – right here at home!
To date, CT BHI has awarded $3.1 million to fund important breast cancer research and education projects in Connecticut. Thus far, we have funded 20 researchers at various Connecticut hospitals and organizations. Six have reported on their progress at national meetings and one research project is patent pending. We strive each year to surpass this milestone with the help of our supporters, sponsors and fundraising events.
Our signature fundraising event is the CT RACE IN THE PARK, which takes place every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Last year alone, over $500,000 was raised for breast cancer research. Every year, thousands join the RACE Day events in New Britain’s Walnut Hill Park. It’s a family tradition and a celebration of life.
Each year in September, we hold the HOWARD H. BELKIN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. In 12 years the tournament has raised $441,000 to fund breast cancer research projects.
In addition, The CT Breast Health Initiative is the recipient of other organizations’ time and fundraising efforts. We are generously supported by The Niantic Jazzercise Fitness Center, the CT Street Rod Association, The New Britain Rock Cats Pink in the Park Day, the YWCA, the YMCA and the Cathy D’Apice Memorial Volleyball Tournament. We also receive donations from private fundraisers and individuals who believe in our mission and support this work financially.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Over 211, 000 new breast cancer cases will be diagnosed each year in the United States. And approximately 40,000 women are expected to die from breast cancer each year. And yet, there are more than two million breast cancer survivors in the United States!