Letters of Intent for Breast Cancer Research & Education Due Feb.1, 2019

Connecticut cancer researchers seeking grant funding from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CT BHI) have until February 1 to submit formal letters of intent. The organization, which sponsors the RACE IN THE PARK statewide fundraising event annually each May in New Britain, has provided more than $3.75 million during the past 15 years to advance education programs and research initiatives in Connecticut.

"What's raised in Connecticut, stays in Connecticut," explains Joyce Bray, president of the CT BHI Board of Directors. "We are very proud of the tremendous support we continue to receive from sponsors, donors, volunteers, and participants.

Those efforts translate into tangible support for cutting-edge research and programmatic initiatives, right here in Connecticut. We are thrilled to assist cutting-edge efforts in our state."

Click here to get all the information on what you need and how to submit your letter of intent.

CT BHI funds research that has not yet qualified for federal grants, specifically in the areas of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. In addition, CT BHI funds educational programs and initiatives that support breast cancer awareness, treatment, quality of life, and survivorship. CT BHI requires an initial Letter of Intent (LOI) as a precursor for full grant application consideration.

In 2018, grants were provided to Stamford Health, UConn Health and the University of Connecticut, announced in October. Recipients of grant funding in recent years also include researchers and educators at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Jackson Laboratory, Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury, Yale University, MidState Medical Center, Western Connecticut Health Network, Witness Project of Connecticut (Bridgeport), and the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Center (Fairfield).

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Over 211,000 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S., including 16,000 men. About 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year, and about 85 percent of the women diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer.

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The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative's mission is to make a significant impact in the quest to find a cure for breast cancer by providing grants to support education and research. One hundred percent of money raised by CT BHI stays in Connecticut, the only program of its kind in the state. Specific requirements for the Letter of Intent are outlined on the CT BHI website at www.ctbhi.org.

The immensely popular statewide fundraising event "RACE IN THE PARK" will be held this year on Saturday, May 11, at New Britain's historic Walnut Hill Park, the day before Mother's Day. Individuals interested in walking, running, forming teams, making donations or volunteering can visit www.ctbhi.org for more information, or call 860-827-7103. Registration is slated to open on Valentine's Day, February 14.

Each year, the Connecticut community comes together as thousands gather to participate in RACE day festivities and events while honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, celebrating life and most importantly, raising much-needed funds to advance the fight against breast cancer in Connecticut. This year's 16th annual event will intensify those efforts, in a remarkable, energizing day of camaraderie and commitment.

"People are so generous in looking for ways to help. They can donate $5, $1,000 or $20,000 or whatever they can, either personally or through a business sponsorship, so we can continue to support dedicated Connecticut researchers in their unrelenting efforts," said Bray. "We are all in this together, and together we will impact thousands of lives in Connecticut and continue to close in on a cure."