Y Support for SpinOdyssey2013 and Race for the Cure Events

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The Westport Weston Family Y is proud to support the first annual Fairfield County Race for the Cure, scheduled to take place in Westport at Sherwood Island State Park on Saturday, May 11, Mother’s Day weekend. Conducted by the Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the family event raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research and local breast cancer programs.

Events at the Race for the Cure in Westport include a 5K Race, 5K and 1.5K Walks, a Kids’ Short Run and Kids’ K and a Survivor Breakfast. The Westport Weston Family Y is one of many local sponsors. In addition to fielding a Family Y Race for the Cure team, the Y is conducting weekly training classes to help walkers and runners gear up for the event.

Led by Y Fitness Instructor Perry Moody, the class takes place on Thursday mornings, 9:30 – 10:30 am. Participants meet in the Stauffer Pool Lobby before heading outdoors, weather permitting, for a spirited workout session that combines walking and jogging along with advice from Moody on improving your technique for both.

“It’s a great way not only to support a great cause, but also to get into shape for the outdoor months ahead,” said Shelley Moll, Health and Wellness Director for the Family Y, who adds that the class is designed to benefit everyone, from first-time 5K walkers and racers to more experienced runners.

To join the Family Y Race for the Cure team, form a team, or register as an individual, please visit www.komenct.org.

The inaugural Race for the Cure event gives Y members and other active volunteers a new opportunity to lend “muscle” in support of a worthy cause. For years, a Family Y team of Spinning and cycling enthusiasts has been one of the most successful contributors to SpinOdyssey, an annual fundraiser for breast cancer research co-founded 14 years ago by Y staffer Patty Kondub (shown at right, holding banner with last year’s Family Y team).

SpinOdyssey 2013 takes place on Sunday, May 5, from 9 am to 3 pm at a new venue: In Westport, under tents at the Imperial Avenue parking lot (the site of the Farmer’s Market held on Thursdays). To join the Family Y SpinOdyssey team, contact Y Spin Instructor Judy Samuels at getgoingfitness@hotmail.com. You can sign up for 2, 4, or 6 hours on the bike; volunteers are always welcome, too. Individuals and teams can also register directly at http://www.spinodyssey.org.

The Family Y offers a number of spin classes each week; for the current schedule visit http://www.westporty.org. In co.njunction with Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center and the Smilow Family Breast Health Center, the Y also offers the Cancer Survivor Fitness Program. The 12-week program includes cardiovascular and muscle strength exercises as well as relaxation techniques designed to reduce cancer-therapy side effects. For more information, contact Shelley Moll at 203-226-8981, ext. 198; smoll@westporty.org.

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.

Statewide, over 3,000 Connecticut women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. That is why the work of Komen Connecticut and events like the Race for the Cure are so vital, and already making a difference in the lives of women in Fairfield County and the rest of the state.

Until cures are found for breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. For each of the past three years, Komen Connecticut has funded over $1 million in community grants to local organizations providing lifesaving services for women in need across our state.

These grants currently support breast cancer programs in Fairfield County, including: Norwalk Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Stamford Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and CancerCare, among others.

Seventy five percent of Komen Connecticut’s net revenue supports local breast health programs across Connecticut and the remaining twenty five percent is invested in research to find the causes and cures for the disease. Not a penny of the money raised in Connecticut goes to support Komen National administration.

Although the organization invests in Connecticut breast cancer programs, much of its fundraising has historically taken place in the Hartford area.

“The Westport Race for the Cure is an exciting next step for our organization,” said Anne Morris, Executive Director of Komen Connecticut. “We are proud of the statewide impact of our community grants, and are thrilled to have a greater presence in Fairfield County. We need the support of all our local communities to help us continue investing in cutting-edge research and local breast cancer programs for Connecticut women and their families.”

“The Race for the Cure presents us with an opportunity to celebrate survivorship, honor those who have lost their battles, and impact local residents by raising funds to support education, screening and treatment programs right here in our state,” said Morris. “This event is the perfect platform to empower Fairfield County residents to join the local fight against breast cancer.”

For more information and to get involved, visit KomenCT.org, email race@komenct.org or call 860-321-7806.

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