Nearly 4,000 people put hope in motion Sunday. Stamford Hospital hosted its 19th annual walk, run, and ride at Columbus Park to fundraise for the Bennett Cancer Center.
“Largely what the money support, are the cancer patients directly,” says Chris Riendeau, Senior VP of Fund Development at Stamford Hospital.
Each year, organizers set a 1 million fundraising goal. Last year, the event raised over $950,000. But the event is much more than a fundraiser.
“I think the spirit of the walk is one community and then our survivors,” says event organizer Kari Pollak. “Everyone that comes out to run or to walk or to volunteer, they’ve all been touched by cancer in some way. So I think it’s just the spirit of everybody being together and celebrating those that are still with us and thinking about remembering those that can’t be with us anymore.”
“It’s for a very somber disease, a really sad disease, but everyone here is really positive and enjoying life and I think that’s what the whole movement is,” says participant Rebecca Chadwick.
Supporters can donate to the cause until September 30. For more information, visit hope-in-motion.org