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Norwalk Man, Stamford Woman Take Top Honors In CancerCare 5K

Team No One Fights Alone participated in the CancerCare 5K at Jennings Beach in Fairfield on OCt. 15.
Team No One Fights Alone participated in the CancerCare 5K at Jennings Beach in Fairfield on OCt. 15. Photo Credit: Contributed
Some Connecticut Girl Scouts participated in the CancerCare 5K at Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Oct. 15.
Some Connecticut Girl Scouts participated in the CancerCare 5K at Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Oct. 15. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — More than 300 runners and supporters raised close to $50,000 at the 11th annual CancerCare Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope at Jennings Beach on Oct. 15.

The funds will support CancerCare’s free programs and services for those affected by cancer.

The men’s 5K winner was Mac Ballentine of Norwalk and Rebecca Blanchard of Stamford was the first woman to cross the finish line.

The top fundraising teams were Team Smirnoff, Little Pub, I Hope You Dance, Team EY (Ernst & Young) and Kuhl and The Gang.

At the opening ceremonies, 17-year-old Pablo Parizot of Rowayton shared his experiences for the past two years at CancerCare’s Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp at Malibu Ranch where he met people his own age who, like him, were dealing with the loss of a parent.

“Having someone who not only listens, but completely understands what you’re saying is invaluable,” Parizot said.

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a national organization providing professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

Comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. Its Connecticut office is in Norwalk.

To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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