Blinderman completes Mystic River Valley Sprint Triathlon
On Sunday, June 7th, 2009, Jeff Blinderman, 44 of Norwich, CT competed in and completed the 24th Annual Mystic River Valley Sprint Triathlon. The race consisted of a ½ mile swim, a 14.4 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run. Blinderman finished in a time of 1:38:10, good for 156th place in a field of over 240 participants.
Blinderman, a cancer activist, was doing the triathlon as a fundraiser for the ECHO Cancer Foundation. All money raised will go to fund a new nutrition program for the ECHO Cancer Foundation.
At this point, the fundraiser is progressing nicely. To date, we have collected 45% of the target goal of $10,000.00. The community has really gotten behind the fundraising endeavor and has been very supportive, both in terms of monetary donations and best wishes from many who are aware of the reasons behind the fundraiser.
In March, Blinderman lost 2 people close to him and his family from cancer.
Aunt Ellen Blinderman lost a 4 year battle with Breast Cancer and less than 1 week later,
Marcie G. lost her battle with Leukemia. Shortly before Aunt Ellen and Marcie G. passed, a good friend and member of their chemotherapy group, Joan Segal, also lost her battle with Breast Cancer.
“I carried the spirit of these brave and very special ladies with me throughout the race.
When it hurt, I smiled. When I felt like stopping, I kept on going just like they did
while they valiantly fought their battles.” As a remembrance, Blinderman wore a red bracelet with the initials MG on it and a pink bracelet with 2 sets of initials, EB and JS. Blinderman also wore the ECHO Cancer Foundation logo on his shirt to build awareness
for such an important organization.
Thank you to all of my supporters!
Local resident and cancer activist will be competing in the Annual 2009 Mystic River Valley Triathlon
Norwich, CT –
Local resident and cancer activist, Jeff Blinderman, will be competing among an expected field of more than two hundred athletes in the 24th Annual 2009 Mystic River Valley Triathlon on Sunday, June 7th.
Jeff will be participating in this event in honor of three Norwich women who recently lost their battle with cancer. Ellen Blinderman, Jeff’s aunt, Marcie Goldberg, family friend and Joan Segal all lived bravely and fought their diseases valiantly and with great dignity.
Besides all being members of the Norwich Community and the Beth Jacob Synagogue, each woman benefited from services provided by The ECHO Cancer Foundation. The Foundation, located at 330 Washington Street in Norwich, is a local non-profit organization that provides guidance, education, support and hope to cancer patients, their family and caregivers.
As a tribute to these three special ladies, Jeff will swim, bike and run to raise funds that will go directly to the ECHO Cancer Foundation to help fund their new Cancer Nutrition Program. This program will address the special nutritional and dietetic needs of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Customized menus will be designed to help patients cope with the many disease and chemotherapy related eating difficulties. Professional nutritional counseling programs will also be available as on of the features of the new program.
Donations to Jeff’s fundraising cause can be made online via Paypal, by clicking the button below. Please note in the description that you are making a donation to Jeff Blinderman and the 2009 Mystic River Valley Triathlon.
Donations can also be made by mailing a check directly to the ECHO Cancer Foundation, 330 Washington Street, Suite 220, Norwich, CT 06360.
For questions regarding the Foundation and the services that it provides, please call Laura Stevenson-Flom, Executive Director at 860-886-8362 Ext. 289