Trumbull breast cancer survivor walks for hope

Support can come in a lot of different shapes and sizes.

Traditionally, it can be extended from family members and close friends. But in the face of cancer, it can come from other survivors who strive to overcome the disease — together.

Trumbull resident Dian Vince knows all about rallying with others under the banner of hope.

Nine years ago, she joined the CancerCare support group, which became an invaluable part of her journey.

Fast-forward almost a full decade, and Vince is preparing to complete her eighth Walk/Run for Hope, which she will dedicate to a colleague lost to cancer and a friend newly diagnosed.

“CancerCare gives support in a variety of ways but the emotional support is extremely important in the outcome,” said breast cancer survivor Vince.

The ninth annual Walk/Run for Hope will take place at Jennings Beach, at 880 South Benson Road in Fairfield, Sunday, Oct. 4.

The Walk/Run for Hope is a series of family-friendly 5K events that raise funds to support CancerCare’s free, professional services provided to anyone affected by cancer.

Walkers and runners of all levels and ages are welcome to participate. Registration and check-in begin at 7:45 a.m.

Fairfield Selectman Sheila Marmion will officially start the 5K at 9. A children’s half mile Fun Run will follow at 10:15.

Both individuals and teams may register in advance at The 5K course is USATF-sanctioned.

“This event helps support people in so many ways, from financial assistance for cancer victims to grief counseling for families,” said James Hunt of Norwalk, co-chair of the event along with his wife, Erin.

After his mother, Rosemary Hunt, lost her battle to cancer, James has been forever grateful for CancerCare’s help during a difficult time of grief and loss.

For the fourth year, he will form a team at the Walk/Run for Hope with family, friends and colleagues in memory of his mother to support CancerCare’s services.

This community-based event brings together friends and families to walk or run in memory of those they have lost to cancer, honor survivors and support those who are currently facing a cancer diagnosis.

Event details

Registration fees are a $40 minimum donation per adult (13 and older); $20 minimum donation per child (12 and under); or $10 for the Fun Run only.

All participants will receive a commemorative Walk/Run for Hope T-shirt.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female participants in both the overall race and age-based categories.

The event will be held rain or shine and parking is free.

Those who can’t make the Walk/Run for Hope may purchase a star in honor or memory of a loved one or add a message of hope for others.

The stars will be part of the Stars of Hope Constellation displayed at the event. A star with text is $35; one with an image and text is $50.

CancerCare serves all of Connecticut and maintains an office in Norwalk.

The event in October is sponsored by community partners including Teva Pharmaceutical, Serendipity Magazine, TMK Sports & Entertainment, AMR, Fleet Feet Sports Stamford, Pure, Poland Spring, Village Bagels and Whole Foods.

For more event information, call 888-814-WALK (9255) or contact Corey Cenatiempo, CancerCare’s regional special events manager at

About CancerCare

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

CancerCare’s comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance.

All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. Headquartered in New York City, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, Ridgewood, N.J., and Syosset, N.Y..

To learn more, visit or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).