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
2015 Greenwich Town Golf Champion
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
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.
The 2014 Susan Fund Scholarship Reception honored 26 college students who have all coped with the diagnosis of cancer. They represent 18 towns in Fairfield County. The Center for Survivorship in Southport hosted the awards ceremony for the second year. Jeff Keith, co-founder of the Center, welcomed the recipients, families and guests. He stated, “We are proud to support The Susan Fund scholarship recipients by giving them a free membership to the Center.” Ann Lloyd, Chair of the Fund, spoke about its growth. It was established in 1982; that year there were six scholarship recipients who received a total of $3,000. To date, The Fund has awarded more than seven hundred scholarships totaling over $1,400,000.
This year’s reception featured two speakers and a singing performance by four-time scholarship recipient, Christina Carpanzano. She began the program with “The Physician” from the Cole Porter musical Nymph Errant. Her song set the stage for David Lloyd, Susan’s brother, who spoke about his memories of Susan. He reflected, “I always looked up to Susan. She was energetic, fearless and had a zest for life. Adversity doesn’t build character, rather it reveals character. Susan inspired us all.” The final speaker is a four-time Susan Fund Learn more
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
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
Jamie Buchanan, a current scholarship recipient, designed this artwork especially for The Susan Fund. As a brain-cancer survivor, she gives back through art by creating and selling images of happy thoughts on note cards, posters and t-shirts. Jamie donates part of the proceeds to charity. Last summer she held a Celebration of Life fundraiser and hopes to do the same for The Susan Fund next summer. Jamie is an inspiration to us all. To access and/or order her works, visit:
www.zazzle.com/jaybraveheart. Learn more