2015 Race Registration Open

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Now Accepting Applications

Now Accepting 2015 Grant Applications

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Our mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education, research and prevention. To accomplish this mission, CT BHI plans on funding a diversified portfolio of clinical/translational research with emphasis on programs that have not yet qualified for federal grants targeting breast cancer cause and survival.

Through the support of our signature fundraiser, the CT RACE IN THE PARK, other events, individual donations and corporate support, the CT BHI will contribute monies this year to programs that aim to fulfill our mission. This funding is limited and awarded through a competitive process. All grant applications are subjected to rigorous review by a Grants Panel of medical professionals, breast cancer survivors, public health and interested business professional that is responsible for making recommendations to the CT BHI Board of Directors. The funding period is for 12 months to be awarded in midsummer.

Applying is a two-step process:

  1. All applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent of no more than one page by March 31, 2015.
  2. Approved applicants must then complete and submit the grant application by May 15, 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the CT Breast Health Initiative, Inc. grants, please contact 860.827.7103 or email info@ctbhi.org


Participate in Breast Cancer Study

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This research study investigates how Connecticut Breast Cancer Survivors engage in health behaviors.

You can participate in this study if you:

Live in CT

Can read and write in English

Are a woman first diagnosed with stage 0-3 breast cancer

CT Breast Health Initiative Announces 2014-2015 Grant Recipients

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The CT Breast Health Initiative announced its 2014-2015 Grant Recipients, and recognized sponsors and volunteers on Wednesday in Farmington. CTBHI has raised over 2.9million to date.


Other awards given out included, the CTBHI Mission Award, the Norm Cacchillo Pink Ribbon Award, the CTBHI Community Award, and thePresident’s Award. CTBHI holds this event to celebrate the organizations impact on the community, celebrate the success of research grants, and honor both sponsors and volunteers for their continued support.

This year’s 2014-2015 grant award recipients are as follows:

Community Education Grants

  • Andrea Contreras-Munoz – The Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury, Inc.: Heading the Hispanic Center Breast Cancer Project.
  • Bethany Carr, APRN-BC, MSN, CBPN-IC – The Hospital of Central Connecticut: Heading Healthy Lifestyles: A Breast Health Program for women at in-creased risk, those currently undergoing treatment, and breast cancer survivors.

Clinical Research Grants

  • Kristen Zarfos, MD – The Hospital of Central Connecticut: A 5 year study using breast ultrasound as an early detection of aggressive breast cancers and if earlier stage cancers can be found in young African American women.
  • Faryal Mirza, MD – University of Connecticut Health Center: Researching Translational Mechanisms of Bone Loss with Aromatase Inhibi-tors in Postmenopausal Women.
  • Angie Kueck, MD, Susan Tannenbaum, MD, and Pam Taxel, MD – University of Connecticut Health Center: Trial of Vaginal Estrogen for Urogenital Symptom Relief in Wom-en on Aromatase Inhibitors; systemic impact versus local objec-tive benefits and quality of life.
  • Crystal Park, Ph.D. – University of Connecticut Health Center: Predicting and Enhancing Connecticut Breast Cancer Survivor’s Health Behaviors.
  • Melinda Irwin, Ph.D. – Yale University: The Lifestyle, Exercise and Nutrition (LEAN) Study.
  • Sarah Mougalian, MD – Yale University: Outcomes of Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer.

The CT Breast Health Initiative, Inc. was founded in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education and research.  Our desire is to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. For more information visit www.ctbhi.org.

Brighton Power of Pink

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Stop by Brighton Collectables in the Westfarms Mall to complete your look!

Brighton Collectables

500 South Road

Farmington, CT 06032

(860) 521-3852

Connecticut USA Car Show 2014

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      Join us Sunday September 28th, at the Connecticut Street Rod Association’s Annual CT USA Car Show!

CSRA will once again present the Ct. USA Car Show at Hammonasset State Park on September 28th, 2014. The show runs from 9:00 AM till 3:00PM rain or shine. Street Rods, Antiques, Trucks, Show Cars, and Bikes are all welcome. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and all proceeds generated from this show go to the Ct. Women’s Breast Health Initiative. Donations are $5.00 per person. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as many give aways.

Connecticut USA Car Show 2014

For more info call: 203-697-9113

The Connecticut Street Rod Association has been around for over thirty-eight years, organizing events and serving their communities by making donations to their favorite charities. The CT Breast Health Initiative has been a recipient of their generosity for the past 14 years, making the CSRA one of our longest running sponsors for the CT RACE IN THE PARK. Learn more about CSRA here.

Connecticut USA Car Show 2014

Raise Your Glass – Charity Event

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Raise Your Glass

Thank you for your support!

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Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and participants that made the 11th Annual Howard H. Belkin Memorial Golf Tournament a huge success!

2015 Howard Belkin Golf Tournament

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The Cool-Down: What’s Next? Taking Time Off, Starting Up Again

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You’ve spent weeks preparing for your race, focusing on crossing the Finish Line and accomplishing your goals.  Now, what about after the race?

*Physical recovery after a 5K isn’t a lengthy process, but you still need to take some time off to recharge, and to also avoid the post-race excitement The Cool-Down: What’s Next? Taking Time Off, Starting Up Againtemptation to immediately train right away for your next event.  It typically takes about one day to recover for every mile that you raced.  After your 5K then, you can plan to resume normal training if you choose after just three days.  From May 11 through May 14  it’s fine to completely rest, or to walk or jog for the same number of minutes that you’d usually run on average training days. If you’re worried about losing conditioning and giving up the progress that you made building up to the race, put those fears aside.  In fact it’s during the recovery process that our muscles repair themselves and become even stronger, so invest in a few days off for yourself.

* While recovering, take some time to analyze your race, and to use your experience as background to help you to prepare for upcoming races, or general running experiences.  What went well?  What could be improved upon? What about the race was the most exciting for you? This is also a good time to re-evaluate your training program and to select new goals. A few suggestions to mull over, from competitive racing goals to a variety of non-competitive goals:

*Racing Goals:

>The safest, least competitive racing goal would be to extend the distance of your longest race to date.  If Saturday’s 5K was your longest effort, you could think about entering a race that’s in the 4-mile to 10K range.  Finishing will continue to be a reward; only now the distance will be a bigger challenge.

>Other competitive goals are to improve your time over the same distance, then to improve your time over a variety of distances.  Record your PRs (Personal records) and then set about on improving them over time.

>A more competitive goal is to aim to place in a race (overall, or within your age/and or gender category).  Or, aim to finish within a certain percentage of the field or your age group.  Percentages often sound more impressive, as in saying that you finished in the top 50% of the NYC Marathon vs. finishing 15, 132nd!

*Non-Competitive Goals:

If you don’t love competition, there are plenty of other ways beyond racing to define success for yourself as a runner or fitness walker and to find the inspiration you need to stay active.

>Experiment with different types of terrain, perhaps taking your running off road onto the trails.  Trail running has an entirely different feel than road running, so dedicating a few workouts per week to it would both challenge you and give you a specific non-racing goal to pursue.  This may also be a good time to try out some of the fun ‘Adventure’ races, like the Muddy Buddy series.

>Beef up the social aspects of running by looking into running/walking groups, or by setting up your own group comprised of friends/family.  Particularly if you typically workout alone, you may find this more social approach to be both a welcomed change, and a challenge to stay accountable.

>Many runners like to follow a structured training plan with no intention of actually racing.  You might enjoy the prospect of challenging yourself with increased distance or paced runs simply to see your own improvements in those areas.

>Even without a formal training plan you could challenge yourself by giving every workout/ run/walk a dedicated purpose.  One day might be speed work, another slow paced longer distance and/or hill repeats, and yet another a recovery/social run with friends.  Your aim here is to mix things up but to make sure that every workout has a definite purpose and to know what the benefits will be before you head out the door.

So, once you’ve celebrated your success from The Race in the Park, give yourself a bit of down time before setting up your next competitive or non-racing goal…Then  spice things up and enjoy the ride!

It was wonderful to be involved with you during your CT Race in the Park training…You Rock the House!…And the ‘Word of the Day’ is…Thank You!


Pam Landry

Pam Landry

Dedicated CT RACE IN THE PARK Coach


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