Mayor Stewart Named Honorary Co-Chair of Race in the Park

NEW BRITAIN – The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative has named Mayor Erin Stewart, along with Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and former Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, as the honorary co-chairs for the 2019 Race in the Park on May 11.

“I am humbled to have been selected as an honorary chair” for the Race in the Park, said Stewart.

“This organization is one that I have been involved with for more than a decade. I am proud to support their mission of helping those who are recovering from cancer live a more vibrant life and their assistance in distributing grants to organizations right here in Connecticut who are helping us get one step closer to finding a cure,” she added.

The Race in the Park is a 5K event held on Mother’s Day weekend each year. The event was created to raise money to advance education programs and breast cancer research in Connecticut.

“We are very pleased that Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz, Mayor Stewart and former Lt. Gov. Wyman have agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs. We appreciate their continuing dedication and shared determination to advance research here in Connecticut,” said Joyce Bray, president of the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative Board of Directors.

As a state representative in the General Assembly, Bysiewicz wrote legislation to ban dangerous “drive-through” mastectomies and ensure that women being treated for breast cancer receive proper care.

All money raised from this event will stay in Connecticut. In the last 15 years, Race in the Park has provided grants to Connecticut breast cancer researchers and educators totaling more than $3.75 million, according to a statement by Connecticut BHI.

New this year will be a Connecticut artisan market featuring local artists. There will also be family activities such as “Touch a Truck” for children and a raffle. You will also find a variety of food trucks and live music. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youths.

“Race day is not only about raising money for breast cancer research, it also supports the community of survivors and honors loved ones,” said Bray.

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This article originally appeared in the New Britain Herald on March 8, 2019.