The 11th Annual CancerCare Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope attracted more than 300 people to Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Oct. 15. The event was staged to raise awareness and funds for CancerCare’s free programs and services. CancerCare has an office in Norwalk.
The men’s 5K winner, Mac Ballentine of Norwalk, finished with a time of 20:23.7 and Rebecca Blanchard of Stamford was the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 20:26.9. The top five fundraising teams were Team Smirnoff, Little Pub, I Hope You Dance, Team EY (Ernst & Young) and Kuhl & The Gang.
At the opening ceremonies, Pablo Parizot, 17, of Rowayton shared his experiences for the past two years at CancerCare’s Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp at Malibu Ranch where he met people his own age who were going through the exact same struggles dealing with the loss of a parent. “Having someone who not only listens, but completely understands what you’re saying is invaluable,” said Parizot.