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Day Kimball Hospital's 20th Annual Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride Acknowleges Top Athletes and Honors Outstanding Supporters

September 2, 2009

Scott Spalding, 2009 Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride Ambassador with his mother, Annette Martel.

2009 Deary Memorial Cancer Fund Annual Events Raise More Than $90,000

PUTNAM, CT –On Saturday, August 8, 2009 Day Kimball Hospital hosted the 20th Annual Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride raising more than $65,000 to benefit the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Cancer Fund. More than 900 runners, walkers, cyclists and volunteers participated, uniting to support the hospital's efforts to fight cancer. The start and finish location was at J.D. Cooper's Restaurant on Park Road in Putnam, where spectators gathered to cheer on participants of all ages as they completed their running, walking or biking events.

Patrick Moultin took first place in the road race with Chris Green in second and Jeffrey Wadecki in third place. Ben Stone was the first bicycle rider to cross the finish line from the “Bicycle Concepts” team while Liz Allen was the first female rider to cross the finish line with the “DAS/QV Velo” team. The “Woodstock Cyclists” team raised more than $1,250 in pledges and received a bicycle donated by Danielson Adventure Sports for the team raising the most money.

This year's ambassador was the youngest to date. Scott Spalding, 17 of Woodstock was diagnosed in 2006 with Ewing Sarcoma, a cancer of the bone or soft tissue. Spalding represented all of the 2009 Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Cancer Fund events and competed in the race as a cyclist.

The annual “Grammie Deary Service Recognition Award” was given to Rick Place and Dan Goyette of Putnam Ford Mercury while the “Tom Deary, Jr. Spirit of Humanity Award” went to Karyn DiBonaventura of Longmeadow Automotive. For years, Rick, Dan and Karyn have given immeasurable support to Deary Fund events and are very deserving of these awards.

“The 20th year celebration of Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride was very special,” said Tori Bates, interim director of development at Day Kimball Healthcare. “The growth we've seen throughout the years with the addition of events, sponsors and participants is simply amazing. With the need for assistance by members of our community higher than ever, we are overjoyed to be able to give more money than we expected to the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Cancer Fund this year.”

The event culminated the 2009 fundraising series for the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Cancer Fund, bringing the 2009 grand total to just over $90,000. Events earlier in the year included Day Kimball Hospital's Guest Bartender Night, Cruisin' for Cancer Care, the Spring Gala and a wine tasting event hosted by Putnam Ford/Mercury and Godley Spirits.

The Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Five-Mile Race & Walk began in 1989 and has raised more than $700,000 to assist the citizens of Northeastern Connecticut who are battling cancer. The money has been given to assist with mammograms, ultrasounds, medications, travel and surgical procedures. In addition to helping to provide these services, money is donated to a scholarship fund for students who are pursuing a career in radiology.

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