Bysiewicz, Stewart, Wyman Named Honorary Chairs for “RACE IN THE PARK”

Registration Underway to Support Breast Cancer Research and Education in Connecticut

The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CT BHI) is happy to announce Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and former Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman have been named as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2019 “RACE IN THE PARK.” CT BHI hosts this annual event on Mother’s Day weekend to raise money to advance education programs and breast cancer research in Connecticut.

All of the money raised stays in Connecticut. During the past 15 years, the annual Mother’s Day weekend event has provided grants to Connecticut    breast cancer researchers and educators totaling more than $3.75 million.  

This year’s even will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain.  To register or pledge for this event, which includes a 5K run and  1 Mile Walk, 4 K Walk, and Kids’ Challenge, visit support.ctbhi.org. Regular pricing is $30 for adults and $15 for youth.

“Every person who participates, every dollar donated, brings us closer to the next breakthrough and ultimately a cure” said Joyce Bray, president of the CT BHI Board of Directors.

“We are very pleased that Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz, Mayor Stewart and former Lieutenant Governor Wyman have agreed to serve as Honorary Co-chairs. We appreciate their continuing dedication and shared determination to advance research here in Connecticut.”

The RACE IN THE PARK brings statewide benefits. The money raised has funded grants provided to breast cancer research and education initiatives across the state, including in Bridgeport, Danbury, Farmington, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven and Stamford. In recent years, researchers at MidState Medical Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, Yale University, Middlesex Hospital, Hospital of Central Connecticut and Stamford Health have been among the grant recipients. 

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Bysiewicz was elected Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with Ned Lamont in 2018.  Previously, she served three terms as Secretary of the State, and three terms in the state House of Representatives. As a state representative, she wrote legislation to ban dangerous “drive-through” mastectomies and ensure that women being treated for breast cancer had proper care.

Bysiewicz’ immediate predecessor as Lieutenant Governor, Wyman served two terms in that office following four terms as State Comptroller.  She also served five terms in the House of Representatives, and on her local Board of Education in Tolland. Mayor Stewart was elected Mayor of New Britain in 2013, and re-elected in 2015 and 2017.  As of 2015 she was the youngest serving female mayor in the United States for a city the size of New Britain. Wyman and Stewart have both been RACE honorary co-chairs previously. 

Along with RACE registration, there are many ways to donate and be engaged throughout the event. New this year will be a Connecticut Artisan Market on RACE Day featuring local artists supporting THE RACE – just in time for Mother’s Day gift-giving. Returning will be activities for families including “Touch a Truck” for children, a Silent Auction and Raffle in the Park, as well as live music and a variety of food trucks.

“RACE Day is not only about raising money for breast cancer research, it also supports the community of survivors and honors loved ones,” explained Bray. “The entire community really comes together to support this wonderful family day.”

Join the RACE IN THE PARK and join the cause! For more information, or to make a donation, visit support.ctbhi.org