U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Shannon Miller, a Cancer Survivor, Speaking in Connecticut

02/27/14

U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Shannon Miller, a Cancer Survivor, Speaking in Connecticut

Battling cancer requires a person to fight like a champion. That’s a lesson U.S. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller learned firsthand after she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer at just 33 years old. By the time this happened, she had already won seven Olympic medals (at the 1996 games in Atlanta she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the U.S. women’s first team gold, and she became the first American to win a gold medal on the balance beam). Then in January 2011, the most decorated gymnast in American history began a fight for her life. “My diagnosis was quite a shock—you just never think it will happen to you,” says Miller, who will be the featured speaker March 20 in a CT Challenge Speaker series event at Roger Ludlowe Middle...

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Drinking Beer Across Connecticut for Pediatric Cancer Research at Smilow

02/24/14

Drinking Beer Across Connecticut for Pediatric Cancer Research at Smilow

This year all money raised is going to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

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Channeling Cancer for Art at Yale's Smilow Hospital, With Stunning Results

02/10/14

Channeling Cancer for Art at Yale's Smilow Hospital, With Stunning Results

The fourth-floor corridor of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven is perhaps one of the city’s best-kept secrets. It’s not only the main route taken to and from the parking garage by patients and staff, but it’s also a mini-art museum. These days, hanging on the hallway walls, is an exhibit, “Abstract Notes,” that is almost breathtaking for its simplicity and meaning. Ten people affected by cancer — nine patients and one family member — have painted pictures that express their deepest feelings about the impact of illness, and in some cases, the freedom of recovery. Working with teaching artist Nell Bernegger of Westport, a member of Westport Arts Center, the patients met for five two-hour sessions at the hospital, where they were...

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Connecticut Teen Sees Feeding Tube as Inspiration to, Well, Skydive

02/07/14

Connecticut Teen Sees Feeding Tube as Inspiration to, Well, Skydive

“Living with a tube doesn’t mean you can’t go do this. It just makes me want to do more--to prove to people that you can go skydiving with these tubes,” says Andrew Bodnar.

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Connecticut Gallery Helping Flashes of Hope Make Cancer Patients Look as Beautiful as They Are

01/27/14

Connecticut Gallery Helping Flashes of Hope Make Cancer Patients Look as Beautiful as They Are

On Jan. 30, Chester-based photographer Caryn B. Davis and her husband, Leif Nilsson, will host “Cocktails for a Cause” at the Leif Nilsson Gallery in Chester. All proceeds will be donated to Flashes of Hope.

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