Hope in Motion


hope in motionDo you believe that everything happens for a reason? I do.

In 2010 while my aunt was in remission from her cancer, she asked me if I wanted to join her for the Hope in Motion 5k to benefit the Bennett Cancer Center, where she had received most of her treatment. Of course, I said yes, and she and I completed the 5k together in 2010 and 2011. 

In October of 2011, my aunt had a recurrence of her cancer, which had metastasized, and there was nothing more she could do in her war against cancer. By March 2012, she had passed away, and I was consumed by grief and devastation. Only to later remember that Hope in Motion was a few months away. I put myself deep into fundraising and rallied around the cause, which truly helped turn my grief into purpose.

The Hope in Motion event continues to raise funds necessary to provide a broad range of supportive services at no charge to Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center patients, which supports our community! 

So, do I believe everything happens for a reason? Yes, I do. Without my aunt asking me to join her in the event before her death, I may not have been as connected to Hope in Motion as I am now, and it’s an event I look forward to each year. 

There are so many events, just like Hope in Motion, that happen in our communities all year round, that support local patrons! Some of those events include, but are not limited to; 

Make a Wish 5k, happening in Westport, CT on 3/21.

Run 4 Hunger and Health 5k, happening in Newtown, CT on 5/15.

Boys & Girls Club 5k, happening in Stamford, CT on 5/17.

Bigelow Tea Community Challenge (benefitting many local children’s agencies), happening in Southport, CT on 9/26.

There are so many ways to be involved with your local communities and to support great causes. Are there any that are near and dear to your heart? Share in the comments! 

For more great local organizations, please check out this post – Our Favorite Local Charities.

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Melissa was born and raised in Fairfield County. She currently lives in Stamford with her husband and their three children. She works in Fairfield as a children’s mental health therapist, which is a dream job for her and brings more joy and fulfillment than she ever had in the corporate world. She spends most of her free time outside of mom/wife/therapist duties, on her Peloton, browsing the aisles at Target, online shopping, or enjoying nights out with her girlfriends. You can also find her on Instagram @the_storied_mind where she creates posts in the hopes of helping others and breaking the stigma for people to reach out for help in terms of their mental health.


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