FOR RELEASE: 2/7/2012Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Author Matt Long to speak at Rose of Hope Winter Event for the The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

Matt Long, author of The Long Run, the inspirational story of his recovery from a near-death auto accident, will speak at Vazzy’s Four Seasons on Monday, Feb. 13 as part of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center Winter Event for breast cancer survivors, caregivers friends and family.

Long, a New York City firefighter and marathon runner, returned from the brink of death to run the New York City Marathon three years after he was hit by a 20-ton truck on his morning bicycle ride to work.

Matt Long

“Running saved my life,” Matt says.

His determination and perseverance have turned him into a symbol of hope and recovery for countless others who have suffered a traumatic injury.

Matt’s story was covered in a popular article in the March 2009 edition of Runner’s World magazine. He has since chronicled his life and journey before and after the accident in The Long Run, released in October 2010. Matt has also started the I WILL Foundation, which provides coaching, training and financial support to help people overcome adversity and challenges caused by illness or traumatic injury.

The Rose of Hope Winter Event is held each year in February.The gathering is an opportunity for breast cancer survivors and their caregivers to meet, find support and learn about the recovery process.The event takes place from 6:00–8:30 at Vazzy’s Four Seasons in Stratford. For information call the Breast Care Center at 203-255-5300.

Part of The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. A member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

For more information, call 203-255-5300 or visit

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.