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Event aims to raise cancer awareness, pay tribute to lost colleagues: WCSU Police Department to host ‘A Walk to Remember’

DANBURY, CONN. — The WCSU Police Department Benevolent Association will host its second annual event, “A Walk to Remember,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at the Alumni Circle on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The walk will raise money for cancer awareness and prevention in honor of those who have lost the battle with cancer. The cost to participate is $10 for WCSU students and $15 for the public. All proceeds will be donated to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care of Danbury. Personal donations are welcomed.

Eleanor Chance, a WCSU building and grounds patrol officer, proposed the event after three fellow members of the department succumbed to cancer: WCSU Chief of Police Neil McLaughlin, in April 2015; Officer Ernie Leclercq, in September 2015; and Department Secretary Shirley Hatch, in August 2016.

“Shirley would enjoy walking the Midtown perimeter during her lunch breaks, which gave me the idea for the fundraiser,” Chance said.

The 1.5-mile walk starts at the Alumni Circle before proceeding to White Street, then toward Locust Avenue. This completes a full circle around campus and ends back at the Alumni Circle.

For more information, contact Chance at or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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