OUR MISSION:  To financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families and to fund cancer research. 

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2016 Radiothon hosted by Mike Francesa of WFAN Sports Radio

With the generosity of WFAN and Mike Francesa we enjoyed another successful Radiothon on the afternoon of the 2016 Celebrity Dinner! Mike, with his one of a kind interviews, wowed his radio fans with memorable stories.

Mike and Dave Winfield reminisced about his 8 All-Star seasons as a NY Yankee and the fact that he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 – his first year of eligibility; also could have played football and basketball but chose baseball for his career.

Mike and Bernie Williams shared fond memories of the four World Series rings Bernie won as the centerfielder for the New York Yankees from 1991- 2006 and how hard it is to believe that the beginning of that dynasty, the 1996 World Series, was twenty years ago. Bernie also talked about his music, a classically trained guitarist and has released two jazz albums since leaving baseball.

Mike was happy to introduce one of the NY Yankees latest acquisitions, Starlin Castro, the 2015 second baseman for the Chicago Cubs. Starlin talked about his excitement to be wearing the pinstripes and looks forward to spring training and a great season. Starlin said that former NY Yankee Alfonso Soriano had a big influence on him.

Mike and John Wetteland talked about the early days when Mariano served as his set-up man in 1996 and the 1996 World Series where Wetteland had 4 saves and the Yankees won the World Series against the Atlanta Braves in 6 games. He won the World Series MVP Award that year.

Mike and Roy White shared memories of Mickey Mantle when Roy was beginning his tenure with the Yankees toward the end of Mickey’s career. Roy commented on how generous Mickey was with young players by serving as a mentor to them. Mike and Roy share anecdotes about the NY Yankees from the mid-1960’s through the late 70’s.

Cancer patients, survivors and social worker, Hunter, Brooke and Mason, Emily and Victoria, Brittney and Liv, Tim and Gavin, Martha and Abby were interviewed by Mike, sharing their stories of struggle and survival and how the Connecticut Sports Foundation impacted their lives.

 

2015 Panera Bread "Spook-a-thon"

Panera Bread’s 16 owner-operated bakery-cafes in Connecticut helped raise over $21,000 during the month of October 2015 to support local families battling cancer. Panera Bread held its annual, month-long Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign leading up to its 5th annual SPOOK-A-THON family fundraiser, both benefiting the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer.

For the third consecutive year, the Pink Ribbon Bagel Campaign has received the support of basketball analyst and former UCONN/WNBA star Rebecca Lobo. Panera donates 25 cents from each Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased during the month of October. At SPOOK-A-THON held on October 24, participants “dressed up to scare cancer” at the Halloween Costume Parade and enjoyed other Halloween-themed activities at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT.

Both initiatives raised a total of $21,008 which will help local families fighting cancer through the efforts of the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer, the Backus Hospital Cancer Center, and Daniel’s Courage which supports SPOOK-A-THON Ambassador, 13-year old Daniel Walsh of Griswold, CT.

 

October 2015 Cruise Against Cancer

On October 4th the 2015 Cruise Against Cancer cruised to a great success raising over $25,000 thanks to hosts, Marianne and Saul Spector!  Many thanks also to Art LiPuma from Seaside Wine and Spirts in Old Saybrook for organizing a showcase of fine wines for an exclusive wine tasting.  We lucked out with a beautiful day; the sun came out just in time to cruise up the Connecticut River on the Lady Katharine, enjoying the early fall foliage and memorable scenery.  The fundraiser was organized in memory of Louise DeChesser, sister of Marianne, to financially assist other Connecticut cancer patients and their families! A fun time was had by all; we “Wined A little and Laughed A lot” in honor of Louise, just as she would have liked it!

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