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TWIN SISTERS TO SHARE DUTIES AS CHAIR OF ANNUAL CT RACE IN THE PARK -Pair will lead effort to raise funds for breast cancer research and education in the stateNEW BRITAIN, CONN. March 17, 2008 - Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, Inc. (CT BHI), a 501(c)(3) organization fighting to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer in the state of Connecticut through education and research, have selected Jane McIntyre Caron and twin sister Joan McIntyre Caron, as co-chairs for the 2008 CT RACE IN THE PARK. The sisters will spearhead the fundraising effort for this year’s race that is expected to draw more than 7,500 participants to New Britain’s Walnut Hill Park. The CT RACE IN THE PARK is the organization’s largest fundraising event. Jane Caron is the director of social work at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. She is vice chairperson of the hospital’s ethics committee and serves on the human studies committee. She has previously been a volunteer on the Health Advisory Board of the March of Dimes, and a member of the Board of Directors for the homeless shelter, the Friendship Service Center. “We are extremely excited to lead the charge for CT BHI and this wonderful event which does so much to raise awareness of breast cancer in Connecticut,” said Jane Caron. “Because breast cancer takes such a tremendous toll on women and their families throughout the state, I believe this event is a great opportunity to bring those families together, let them know that they are not alone and give them useful information on breast cancer research and education. Dr. Joan Caron is a professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She has been a principal investigator in basic science and human studies research of cancer and chemotherapy for more than 20 years. Through her research she has identified a new chemotherapeutic drug that is effective against highly aggressive forms of cancer but does not appear to harm healthy cells. Dr. Caron is an 8-year breast cancer survivor. “There have been some important strides made in research and prevention but there is still work that needs to be done,” said Dr. Caron. " We hope the people of Connecticut will come out and join us for this Mother's Day weekend tradition and family event." “These two extraordinary women were handpicked to serve as our co-chairs for 2008 which is also the fifth anniversary of CT BHI”, said CT BHI President Joyce Bray. “We have set an ambitious financial goal this year and are confident that Jane and Joan are the right pair to help us reach our mark.”


The CT RACE IN THE PARK takes place on Saturday, May 10 at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. Those interested in participating in the event can register online at About the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, Inc. Since its start in 2003, CT BHI has contributed nearly $750,000 toward research and education to help Connecticut-based universities, hospitals, research centers and other organizations fight breast cancer. The state is currently ranked 11 in the nation in breast cancer mortality rates. # # #