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WCSU Police hold cancer fundraiser in memory of lost colleagues

DANBURY, CONN. — “A Walk to Remember,” a cancer awareness and prevention fundraiser sponsored by the Western Connecticut State University Police Benevolent Association, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, on the university’s Midtown campus at 181 White St. in Danbury. The fundraiser is open to the public with a $15 entrance fee, $10 for students.

The 1.5-mile walk will start at the Alumni Circle before proceeding to White Street, then toward Locust Avenue, completing a full circuit of the campus and ending once again at the Alumni Circle.

Eleanor Chance, a WCSU building and grounds patrol officer, raised the idea for the event after the chief of the WCSU Police Department, Neil McLaughlin, passed away in April 2015; Ernest Leclercq, also a building and grounds officer, passed away in September 2015; and Shirley Hatch, a secretary in the Police Department, passed away in August 2016.

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

“A Walk to Remember” has been six months in the making, from the time Chance approached WCSU Lt. Richard Montefusco with the idea. She received the support of her department and began planning.

The fundraiser is in memory of all who have lost the battle with cancer, and proceeds will be donated to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care of Danbury.

“I hope people will walk with a sense of pride and compassion,” Chance said, “knowing that those we have lost will always be remembered.”

For more information, email Chance at



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