It turns out that this will be a week to celebrate the best in our society. The upcoming days have been set aside to highlight the many contributions of teachers and nurses and, Sunday, we pay tribute to Mom.
But before that, Moms, teachers and nurses, as well as hundreds, even thousands of people who care about them and the other women in our lives will gather Saturday in Walnut Hill Park for the Race in the Park. This annual tradition draws people from across the state to remember loved ones who have lost their lives to breast cancer, to celebrate those who have overcome this terrible disease, and to raise money to find a cure, so that future generations of women - and a few men - won’t have to suffer from it.
But we’re not there yet. An estimated 2,600 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. About one in eight U.S. women (12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime. It is estimated that 40,890 people (40,450 women and 440 men) will die from breast cancer this year.
That’s more than enough motivation for the thousands who will turn out for Saturday’s race. They come to honor survivors, remember loved ones, to celebrate their own or a loved one’s victory over the disease and, most importantly, to raise much needed funds to advance the fight - with all proceeds going to research, education and support right here in Connecticut.
We’ll be there and you are invited to join us - to hear the stories, enjoy spring in this historic park and to pay tribute to those who have made it their mission to find a cure. See you on Saturday.