TBBCF out and about in Groton and Niantic

By KATHLEEN EDGECOMB

The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation will be at two summer events in July, recruiting volunteers and walkers for the Oct. 5 annual Walk Across Southeastern Connecticut fundraiser, which this year will include a family-friendly 5K at Harkness Memorial State Park.

TBBCF will have booths at the Thames Street Family Fun Festival July 13 in Groton and at Celebrate East Lyme July 20 in downtown Niantic. Volunteers will be at the Groton festival starting at 4 p.m. on Thames Street in the City of Groton; and at 3 p.m., on Main Street in Niantic for the East Lyme celebration. Both events are free and open to the public and culminate with fireworks shows around 9 p.m.

Members of the Terri Brodeur community will be handing out information about signing up for the 14th annual walk, which is always held the first Saturday in October. Hundreds of walkers participate in the event and many more volunteer to make it happen. The foundation raises more than $300,000 each year during the walk and awards at least three $100,000 grants to breast cancer researchers.

The full marathon starts Oct 5, 2019, at Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook; the half marathon starts on Capitol Drive in East Lyme and the quarter marathon starts at Niantic Baptist Church in downtown Niantic. All walkers will finish at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, where the 5K will be taking place.

TBBCF is a New London based non-profit which commits 100 percent of fundraising dollars to research. Since 2006, the foundation has awarded $4.4 million in research grants to 44 doctors and scientists.