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Day Kimball Hospital's 20th Annual Deary Race, Walk & Ride Happens Saturday, August 8, 2009 and is Represented by Youngest Ambassador Ever

July 28, 2009

Scott Spalding, 2009 Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride Ambassador.

– On Saturday, August 8, 2009 Day Kimball Hospital will host the 20th Annual Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride beginning and ending at J.D. Cooper's Restaurant in Putnam. The Early Bird Walk begins at 6:00 a.m., the Fun Walk at 8:00 a.m., and the 5-mile Race begins at 9:05 a.m. New for 2009 is the Kid's Fun Run which begins at 9:10 a.m., along with the 4-mile Lollypop Ride and 27-mile "Cathy's Ride" Cycling for Cancer Care "Ride" events which both begin at 9:15 a.m.

Each year, the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride committee reviews nominations for the year's race Ambassador and selects one local cancer survivor to be the face for bringing awareness to cancer and related care. Seventeen year old Scott Spalding, this year's Ambassador, is the youngest to date. A senior at Woodstock Academy, Scott was diagnosed in 2006 with Ewing Sarcoma, which is a cancer of the bone or soft tissue. Scott immediately underwent aggressive treatment at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, CT, a provider partner of Day Kimball Hospital. He is now in remission with no evidence of active disease and continues to be monitored as part of his follow-up care.

A typical teenager, Scott enjoys soccer, wakeboarding, driving his sports car and hanging out with friends. Scott, who loves to live life to the fullest said, "I am honored to represent cancer survivors and bring to light all of the great programs available at Day Kimball Hospital." His mother, Annette Martel, said, "I am very proud of him for agreeing to be the Ambassador for the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Race, Walk & Ride. He is going to reach a generation that will be informed about the history and importance of this event. The Deary fund is meaningful and I like the fact that the funds stay local." As Ambassador, Scott attends the various Deary fund events in 2009 and can be heard promoting the events through the race's radio advertising campaign.

"Each year the Deary race evolves into something new and exciting," said Tori Bates, Day Kimball Healthcare event manager. "Having the youngest Ambassador ever makes the race that much more special as well as the addition of the Cycling for Cancer Care "Ride" events and the Kids Fun Run. Every day I am inspired by those who battle cancer, survive cancer and support those with cancer. Every August we are all reminded that the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride is truly a token of inspiration for everyone."

The Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Race & Walk began in 1989 and has collectively raised more than $600,000 to assist the citizens of Northeastern Connecticut who are battling cancer. It is important to stress the fact that all money raised from pledges, donations and sponsorships stays local. The money has been used 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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