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Whittingham Cancer Center Walk Turns 10

Benefit walk & run directly funds patient care

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 27, 2013 At 12:19 PM

The Whittingham Cancer Center Walk turned 10 on Saturday.

The 3k walk and 5k run benefits Norwalk Hospital's Whittingham Cancer Center, named for Tony and Jean Whittingham.

"One of the family members serves on our board.  They have a legacy of giving," said Dan DeBarba, President & CEO of Norwalk Hospital.  "A legacy of care.  We are proud to be associated with them."

The hospital celebrated the 10-year anniversary by honoring the late Whittinghams, and their two surviving sons.

"I see one people coming together, which is what my mother would have wished," said Michael Whittingham.  "It is what my father would have wished."

"This cancer center has fulfilled my father's dream, and I know he would truly appreciate it," said Andrew Whittingham.

Funds from the walk directly support cancer patient care at the hospital.  The walk is expected to raise about $350,000.

"It raises funds for patients' needs, clinical trials, nutrition and different services for patients," said Amy Katz of Westport.  Katz experienced those services herself as a breast cancer survivor and former patient at the Whittingham Cancer Center.

"This event has helped countless people and their families," DeBarba said.  "I really think it shows a level of support in this community that's really hard to find, because this is a unique community."

"I'm grateful for everybody who might not have had breast cancer, or didn't know anybody who did, but who still wants to come out and support all people," Katz said.

"I think it's unbelievable for all of us.  You can't help but be touched."

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