For the third time, the Wilton Y Wahoos once again will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Meet to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research foundations during the Thanksgiving Invitational meet Nov. 18-20. Wilton Y Wahoo families will be donating their spare time making home made desserts for a bake sale, which will be held over the two-day course of the meet. In addition, swimmers will be showing their support in the pool with pink swim caps adorned with the breast cancer symbol. To raise awareness, the team will hand out educational pamphlets at the bake sale.
Connecticut has the highest incidence of breast cancer in the US–3,000 women in the state were diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. The Wilton Y Wahoos are looking to do their part to make an impact on the fight against breast cancer and plan to donate the funds they raise to the Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
Leading the fundraising efforts this year are two Wilton Y Wahoo swimmers, Nick Nonnenmacher and Liela Hastings, along with guidance and help from Wahoo coach Matt Hall.
“To witness how our children in the swim team are giving back by raising money and awareness is really motivational and heart-warming,” says Randy Erlenbach, head coach of the Wilton Y Wahoos.
This is the third time the Wilton Wahoos have held a fundraising meet of this kind, and the team plans on hosting more events to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
“Giving back to the community has long been an integral part of the Wilton Family YMCA. The swimming and YMCA community is excited about the possibilities these events hold to help out a good cause and bring our community closer together,” says Bob McDowell, CEO of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.