From April 1 through May 15, Jersey Mike’s subs, a national restaurant franchise, is donating $2 from every regular-sized sub purchase at 11 locations throughout Connecticut to Susan G. Komen Southern New England to support local community grant programs and breast cancer research. The Wilton location (35 Danbury Rd.) is one of the shops participating in the fundraising effort. Purchasers must present a coupon in order to secure the donation. The coupon is available on the Komen Southern New England website, or can be printed from this article (below).

Proceeds from the promotion will support the 2016 Fairfield County Race for the Cure® on May 7 at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park.

Jersey Mike’s is relatively new to CT, with shops opening locally in the last 18 months. The relationship with Komen Southern New England grew out of the efforts of Carl Pinkard, National Director for Paradigm Investment Group, the company that owns most Jersey Mike’s locations. Pinkard has a personal connection to the Susan G. Komen organization.

“One of Jersey Mike’s top priorities is to give back to the communities we serve,” said Pinkard, who joined the Susan G. Komen family in 1998 and has been a board member his local affiliate where he lives in California since 2013. “With so many locations in our Connecticut market it made sense to see if we could help raise funds for Komen Southern New England.”

Pinkard has a long personal history with breast cancer. In 1976, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer; she passed away in 1978. Six years later, his wife Diane was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer at just 29 years old. Following a mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstructive treatments, Diane went into remission for the next 15 years.

In 2001 Diane’s mother received a diagnosis of Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She passed away that same year. It was also in 2001 that Diane’s cancer–which was in remission–returned. After a year of intense treatment, she went back into remission. On Diane’s fifth anniversary of being cancer-free, her cancer returned for a third time and eventually metastasized to her liver. After a 29-year battle with breast cancer, Diane passed away in 2013. “Diane was a woman who never let cancer define who she was,” Pinkard explained. “Her courage and strength to always want to help everyone else first was an inspiration to everyone that knew her and she will always be remembered by so many people whose lives she touched.

Jersey Mike's Carl Pinkard
Jersey Mike’s Carl Pinkard

“Susan G. Komen is by far the largest and most impactful organization in the world that is leading the way on research and clinical trial support,” he said. “Our goal is simple: no woman should ever lose their life to breast cancer. And if it cannot be cured, then it should be able to be controlled.”

Visit the Komen Southern New England’s website to learn more about its mission, to register for the Race for the Cure or to make a donation.

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