Annual Scholarship Reception

The Susan Fund annual awards reception took place on Sunday, June 25th at the Easton Library. Long-time Board member, Ed Grossman, noted, “In this current time of stress and unhappiness, it is always a pleasure to attend an event that is both stress-free and happy for all of the attendees. The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the students and their guests. Our recipients are sure to make for a better world.”

Susan Fund Chair, Ann Lloyd, welcomed attendees and recalled that, when The Susan Fund began, it awarded $ 3,000 dollars to six recipients. This year, the Fund awarded scholarships totaling $62,500 to 22 recipients from fourteen communities in Fairfield County.

David Lloyd, Susan’s brother, shared some precious memories of his sister. “Susan dealt with her diagnosis with grit and grace. She lived those last months of her life beautifully and bravely. Susan motivates and inspires me every day. My mom is the engine of The Susan Fund. She took the worst thing that can happen in life and channeled her heartache and uncommon strength into creating The Fund. It is a tribute to her and to my sister.”

This year’s speaker was four-time Susan Fund Learn more

Joe Caruso

In December, Joe will graduate with a Master’s degree in Finance. He currently works in the financial planning/analysis department for NewsCorp in Wilton. This summer he was able to travel to Cancun. Joe’s ultimate career goal is to become a Financial Analyst and live in the Norwalk or Stamford area. He continues to volunteer for The Jimmy Fund. This is Joe’s fifth Susan Fund scholarship. Learn more

Recipient Updates: Brittany DeNigris

 APEX Arts to showcase video piece by Brittany DeNigris

APEX Arts to showcase video piece by Brittany DeNigris

Two time Susan Fund Recipient, Brittany DeNigris’ video will debut at the apexarts show, Life After Death and Elsewhere located at 291 Church Street, Manhattan. The exhibition features death-monuments and anti-monuments created by a group of death row inmates at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville, Tennessee. Brittany DeNigris and Moses Williams, both MFA candidates at Carnegie-Mellon University have created a video exploration into the act of storytelling, creating meaning through place and metaphor, the power of utterence and the volume of voices required to tell a single individual’s pain. Underlying themes examine our current system of punishment. On October 7, Brittany and Moses will also be presenting an evening of live performance to enact the life stories of the prisoners.

Opening reception-Wednesday, September 9: 6-8 pm

On view: September 10-October 24, 2015 Learn more

Recipient Updates: Kendyl Nethercott

 2015 Town Golf Champion Kendyl Nethercott

2015 Greenwich Town Golf Champion
Kendyl Nethercott

2015 Kendyl Nethercott, Susan Fund recipient, made headlines in the Sports Section of the Greenwich Time, on June 30. She captured the Greenwich Ladies Town Golf Tournament’s Townwide flight championship, shooting an 85 at the town golf course. She won her age group in 2011 in the junior town tournament, but this is her first Ladies Town Championship. She will attend Manhattenville in the fall and received her first Susan Fund Scholarship at the Reception in June. Learn more

Recipients Updates: Brooke Lorenz

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CNN News Associate, Brooke LorenZ

 

Brooke Lorenz, Susan Fund recipient from 2011-2014, swam across Long Island Sound as part of the 9th annual Greenwich- Stamford Swim Across America. Brooke wore a ‘go-pro’ camera to record her swim. The funds raised by the event go to cancer gene therapy research. Brook’s mother, Lorrie, co-chaired the event and this was Brooke’s, a long time cancer survivor, 8th time swimming this distance. Currently, Brooke is living in Washington, DC working for CNN primarily covering 2016 election news.

 

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2013 Reception

Susan Fund Class of 2013The 32nd Annual Susan Fund awards ceremony was held on June 23rd in Southport. The event was more special this year because it took place at the Center for Survivorship, which was established in 2012 by cancer survivor and former Susan Fund recipient, Jeff Keith. The facility is the nation’s first center of its type. Its mission is to enhance the lives of cancer survivors through providing services such as yoga, pilates, meditation, nutrition and education.

The reception began with a sumptuous buffet and a tour of the facility. Jeff welcomed the families and invited guests. He reflected, “We all find something that helps us deal with cancer. My mission is to empower survivors to lead a healthy lifestyle. I am delighted that this Susan Fund reception is the first official event that we have hosted.”

Ann Lloyd, Chair and Founder of The Susan Fund and mother of Susan Davis Lloyd, for whom the fund was established, noted, “Since The Fund was established in 1982, we have awarded 685 scholarships totaling over $1,350, 000. We are so proud of what we do and of all of our recipients.”

David Lloyd then shared his memories about his sister. “To me Susan Learn more

2012 Reception

The Thirty-first Annual Susan Fund reception took place on Sunday, June 24th at the Unitarian Church in Westport. There was a feeling of electricity in the air as the families of the thirty-seven recipients gathered to meet other students and to be awarded their scholarships. Attendees have often commented that they feel a visceral connection with each other knowing that they are with people who understand them and who have traveled on similar journeys.

Ann Lloyd, Chair of The Susan Fund, welcomed all attendees and reflected that The Board was delighted to have awarded thirty-seven scholarships in 2012; this represents the most recipients in the history of The Fund. Susan’s brother, David, shared many wonderful memories of her. Jeff Keith, Founder and CEO of The CT Challenge and past Susan Fund scholarship recipient was the next speaker. He has been instrumental in forming a strong, supportive relationship between his organization and The Susan Fund. Jeff introduced members of The 2011 Susan Fund Bicycling Team, Christine Canapetti, Lauren Pade and Dylan Pape. Each of them described the elation they felt having participated in this event. Board member, Kathy DiGiovanna, presented the scholarships. She noted, “Our recipients study, work and give back Learn more

Center For Survivorship

The Thirty-first Annual Susan Fund reception took place on Sunday, June 24th at the Unitarian Church in Westport. There was a feeling of electricity in the air as the families of the thirty-seven recipients gathered to meet other students and to be awarded their scholarships. Attendees have often commented that they feel a visceral connection with each other knowing that they are with people who understand them and who have traveled on similar journeys.

Ann Lloyd, Chair of The Susan Fund, welcomed all attendees and reflected that The Board was delighted to have awarded thirty-seven scholarships in 2012; this represents the most recipients in the history of The Fund. Susan’s brother, David, shared many wonderful memories of her. Jeff Keith, Founder and CEO of The CT Challenge and past Susan Fund scholarship recipient was the next speaker. He has been instrumental in forming a strong, supportive relationship between his organization and The Susan Fund. Jeff introduced members of The 2011 Susan Fund Bicycling Team, Christine Canapetti, Lauren Pade and Dylan Pape. Each of them described the elation they felt having participated in this event. Board member, Kathy DiGiovanna, presented the scholarships. She noted, “Our recipients study, work and give back Learn more

2012 CT Challenge Bike Ride

The eighth annual CT Challenge Bike Ride was held on Saturday, July 28th. Participants included over 1,100 riders, 342 volunteers and 135 cancer survivors. The event, which was held at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, raised over $1.1 million that is used to support programs for cancer survivors. CT Challenge has been a supporter of The Susan Fund and was founded by one of The Fund’s first recipients, Jeff Keith.

The riders, which include cancer survivors, their friends, family and people who support the organization, had the option of cycling 10, 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles on routes that took them throughout Fairfield County.

The day began with remarks by Keith, The Walk of Honor by cancer survivors and personal comments by Amy Nessel from Fairfield. Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfreim Cancer Institute donated magnificent monarch butterflies – one for each survivor – which were released into the crowd. The ceremony ended with the riders being sent out by distance groupings with those riding the longest route going first and the shortest route going last.

The Susan Fund team, led by Will Lloyd, included Joe Quinn, Arlo, Susan and Jessica Ellison, as well as four current scholarship Learn more

2012 CT Challenge Bike Ride

CT Challenge Bike Ride will be held on July 28, 2012. Consider joining in the fun by riding with The Susan Fund
team or volunteering at the event.
The Connecticut Challenge Charity Bike Ride – July 30, 2011- Fairfield County Hunt Club, Westport, CT

The 7th annual CT Challenge Bike Ride was held on July 30th at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport CT. For as far as the eye could see, bicycles and riders filled the field to participate in the organization’s event. There were nearly 1200 riders in all, supported by over 250 volunteers. The cyclists registered to ride for their choice of a 10, 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile route.

Of those riders, more than 75 were cancer survivors, several of whom were still undergoing treatment. The volunteers, who signed people in and manned various event components, represented survivors as well. For the first time The Susan Fund entered a team, headed by Will Lloyd, Susan’s oldest brother. Included on the
team, in addition to Lloyd, were Arlo and Susan Ellison, Joe Quinn, and three current scholarship recipients, Christine Canapetti, Lauren Pade and Dylan Pape. These three all rode the 25 mile route, and afterwards, Learn more