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Nearly a thousand support breast cancer awareness

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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 10, 2014 At 02:40 PM

Pink was all around at Veterans Park Saturday morning. 

"I only have a staff of five and we cover the entire state of Connecticut, so we obviously don't do this ourselves," said Anne Morris CEO of Komen Connecticut. "It's really the work of so many people."

Over a thousand supporters, including breast cancer survivors and sponsors of breast cancer awareness walked and ran around Seaview Avenue for the second annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Fairfield County.  

"I lost my mother to cancer when I was nine months old and I lost my stepmother to cancer, she was 63. I've watched too many women suffer battle this disease, lose the battle." 

It's the first time Komen Connecticut has hosted the event in Norwalk. Organizers hope to raise about $300,000 for research and awareness programs. They say without the support Norwalk's leaders, sponsors and 150 dedicated volunteers, the event would not have been possible. 

"We are very, very encouraged that it is in Norwalk for the first time and we just wanted to be part of it," said volunteer Olive Hayward. 

"Norwalk has been incredible in supporting both the race and the cause that we are working toward, " said event co-chair Kristi Olds. "So far it has been a great relationship and we look forward to coming back here again next year." 

Statewide, over 3,000 Connecticut women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. 

Studies show that Connecticut has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the nation and several Fairfield County towns are among those with the highest rates of breast cancer incidence, mortality and late stage diagnosis.

"We fund programs to provide free services to women who don't have insurance," said Morris. "So there's no reason why women shouldn't get screened in the state of Connecticut." 

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised remain in Connecticut, and go directly to investments in local breast cancer education, screenings and treatment programs across the state. The remaining twenty-five percent is invested in research to find the causes and cures for breast cancer. 

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