FOR RELEASE: 7/9/2012Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Running for Hope: Marathoner Raises Funds for Breast Cancer

Tom Keegan considers himself lucky. His wife, Patti, a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed in the early stages of the disease and made a full recovery thanks to the physicians and staff at The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.
Tom Keegan of Fairfield led a team of runners Tom Keegan of Fairfield (third from right, #581) led a team of runners from Merrill Lynch at the recent Fairfield Road Race. The team raised more than $2,500 for The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

“A late-stage diagnosis would have been a very different story,” he says.

Now the couple is giving back to the organization that saved Patti’s life. On June 24, Tom ran in the Fairfield Road Races half marathon, donating the proceeds to the Breast Care Center.

The Keegans began supporting the Center long before Patti’s diagnosis, hosting the Center’s annual Rose of Hope Luncheon, one of the area’s biggest fundraisers.

“Patti and I started out as benefactors of this wonderful center and have now become beneficiaries of the center’s remarkable and supportive services,” says Keegan.

Raising support through the marathon was another way for the couple to show their appreciation for the Center. “Last year, the Center served 609 women free of charge for breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment who had no insurance and could not otherwise have afforded the care,” says Keegan. “This is our way of helping another 600 women get help this year.”

Keegan was part of a 17-member team running in the Fairfield Road Races, hosted by the Fairfield Firefighters. The races drew more 3,000 participants who raised funds for charities. Keegan’s team included his co-workers from Merrill Lynch in New York City, Rochester, Los Angeles and Charlotte, NC. Six runners finished the race in less than two hours. The team raised more than $2,500 for the Breast Care Center.

“The Keegans have been wonderful friends of the Center,” says Executive Director Donna Twist, PhD. “They are always thinking of ways to help the Center thrive and grow.”

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health System, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999.

One of only 200 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), 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 also has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

The Breast Care Center is a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers.

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.