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“Housy One-Miler” Swim to Benefit Griffin Hospital Breast Wellness Center

The Griffin Hospital Development Fund will host the first ever “Housy One-Miler” swim at 10:00 am Sunday, August 22, 2010.

Shelton, CT – The Griffin Hospital Development Fund will host the first ever “Housy One-Miler” swim at 10:00 am Sunday, August 22, 2010. This one-mile swim event, sponsored by Prudential, will begin at the Housatonic River Bank, 36 Birchbank Road in Shelton.

The inaugural Housy One-Miler offers a challenge to local corporations, schools, community/civic groups, families and individuals to swim for the fight against breast cancer, with all net proceeds from this event directed toward the establishment of the Griffin Hospital Breast Wellness Center. Griffin is creating this new, comprehensive breast care facility to offer its community the highest quality screening, diagnostic, and follow-up services to detect and treat breast cancer at its earliest stages.

The swim event is being organized by the Hospital’s Development Fund and a committee of community leaders who are lending their time and talents to this worthwhile effort. Committee members include Patricia Tarasovic, Co-Chair of the Campaign for Breast Wellness, Joyce Barcley, Joe DeFelice, Patrick DiCaprio, Liz Kennard, Pam Petro, Charlie Sullivan, and Jack Walsh.

“I’ve lost two great friends to Cancer in the past two years,” said Sullivan, who is serving as chair of the swim committee. “In their honor I joined the fight against breast cancer and the building of the Breast Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital.”

Early registration for the event is encouraged, as the swim is limited to the first 100 to register. All swimmers must be 16 years of age or older within 2010 calendar year to participate, and written parental permission is required for those under 18. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. No swim aids are allowed, wet suits are optional, and swimming caps are required.

Each swimmer is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges from their families, friends, and/or co-workers, and will and special color swim cap corresponding to the amount of pledge they raise ($100 – Red Cap; $1,500 – Silver Cap; $500 – Blue Cap; $1,000 -Bronze Cap; and $2,000 – Gold Cap).

The Griffin Hospital Radiology Department has raised more than $700 in pledges to support the effort of Naugatuck High School swim captain James Streifel, son of James and Kateri Streifel, Supervisor of the Radiology Department’s Invasive Imaging Unit.

Individuals interested in participating in the Housy One-Miler can register online at www.griffinhealth.org or go directly to the fundraising page for the event at www.FirstGiving.com/GriffinHospital. The FirstGiving website allows participants to register and do all of their fundraising online.

In addition, various sponsorship opportunities exist for non-swimmers looking to join the effort, with each including a specific benefit package. For more information on the Housy One-Miler, contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund at 203.732.7504 or go to www.griffinhealth.org.

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