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Daily Five: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Five things to know for Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

1. The Mystic Arts Center’s (MAC) original and vintage photography shows are now on display now at the MAC’s galleries at 9 Water St. in Mystic. The two shows; Photo Show 34 and Art of the Boat: Photographs from Mystic Seaport’s Rosenfeld Collection, opened at the MAC on Sept. 28 and the exhibit runs to Nov. 10. Photo Show 34, features original photography from local and regional artists and Art of the Boat features a selection of work from the Mystic Seaport’s Rosenfeld Collection or maritime photography.

2. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are so many great organizations in Connecticut that are holding events to both raise awareness and money. This year, a few Patchers have gotten together and are walking as a team in the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation's Walk Across Southeastern Connecticut.

In their own words, here is the background on Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation:

In 2005, two friends, Norma Logan (1958-2006) and Sandy Maniscalco started the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation (TBBCF). The desire to establish a non-profit organization was from frustration at seeing successful fundraising efforts being diverted from research to cover organizational overhead. For example, between 2004 and 2005 Norma and Sandy led a small group of individuals in raising $200,000 for an internationally renowned breast cancer foundation's sponsorship of a 3-Day Walk. Upon investigating the financials of the 3-Day event, it was determined that 40% of all money raised went to overhead. Of the $200,000 raised by Norma's and Sandy's group, $80,000 never made it to critical programs or research. Determined to address this issue and ensure money was directed at finding a cure, these women established a unique non-profit organization, which through sponsorship and volunteerism, is able to direct 100 percent of total gross fundraising efforts to breast cancer research.

Patchers are walking the quarter-marathon and our goal is to raise $1,000. To support us, go to the main fundraising page and search on one of our names: Elissa Bass, Bree Shirvell, Nicole Ball, Jessie King, Dirk Langeveld.

3. Ledge Light Health District recently announced its schedule of public flu clinics. From now through November the health district will hold flu clincs throughout southeatersn Connecticut. Flu shots and flu mist are free for children six to 59-months-old; and flu shots are $15 and flu mist is $20 for everyone else.  Anthem Blue Cross, ConnectiCare and Medicare Part B will be accepted at all clinics. Visit the Ledge Light Health District website at www.ledgelighthd.org for the latest schedule.

4. Yosemite National Park was established by an act of Congress on Oct. 1, 1890.

5. Today's thought: "Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing, and there's so much to smile about."—Marilyn Monroe

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