Fairfield County Cancer Survivors Honored at Susan Fund Scholarship Awards Reception.


The 34th Annual Susan Fund Awards Ceremony was held on June 28th, at the Center for Survivorship in Southport, CT. Twenty-five Fairfield County cancer survivors were awarded scholarships.

Jeff Keith, the director of the Center and an original Susan Fund Scholarship recipient welcomed the students and their families, the Susan Fund Board Members and invited guests.

Jeff gave a brief history of his cancer experience and how the scholarship money from the Susan Fund helped him. Several years ago he changed careers and founded the Center for Survivorship, a place that reflects the increasing cure rates for cancer patients and the need for a place for these survivors to exercise and meet with a community that understands their life experiences.

Jeff then introduced Ann Lloyd, the president of the Susan Fund, and presented a $25,000 contribution from The Center to The Susan Fund. The gift was unexpected and very graciously accepted by Ann in behalf of The Susan Fund.

Ann founded the fund in memory of her daughter, Susan DavisLloyd.

Susan’s dream was to attend Colgate University to which she had been accepted early decision. Although that aspiration never became a reality, throughout the 34 years Learn more

2014 Reception

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

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

2010 Reception

2010 Susan Fund Scholarship Recipients

The air was filled with excitement as friends and families gathered to celebrate the awarding of thirty Susan Fund Scholarships. The 29th annual reception was held on June 27th at the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut. Ann Lloyd, chairman of the Board, noted that this year’s awards totaled $73,000. They were given to deserving students who reside in Fairfield County and have had cancer.

Brandon Held, a four-time recipient, spoke about his illness and the importance of The Susan Fund. He explained, “Surviving cancer was a major accomplishment for me, but the things I have learned from that difficult period are even more valuable. I reflect on those times often. In my daily life I do my best to offer my help to others as I was helped six years ago. Every time I attend a Susan Fund event, the Board members say that they love to see all the students growing and achieving their goals. It has finally clicked that, with each one of our successes, The Susan Fund succeeds. The attainment of our goals is a testament to the success of this great scholarship.”

The Susan Fund began in 1982, in memory of Susan Lloyd, who was diagnosed Learn more

2009 Reception

2009 Susan Fund Scholarship Recipients

The Susan Fund held its 27th annual reception on June 28 at the Unitarian Church in Westport. A total of $63,000 was awarded to twenty-two very deserving students.

Jeff Booth, a close friend of Susan and her brother, Will, shared his memories of her. Kathleen DiGiovanna, representing The Susan Fund Board of Directors, presented the scholarship certificates. The Fund was named in honor of Susan Lloyd, a 1980 Staples high school graduate, who was diagnosed with bone cancer at the beginning of her senior year. She planned to attend Colgate University, but never lived to fulfill her dream. Ann Lloyd, Susan’s mother, and Chair of The Fund reflected, “It’s amazing to see how The Fund has grown. When we awarded our first scholarships in 1982, we granted $3,000 to six students. To date, we have distributed about $ 1,000,000 in scholarship money.”

Lesley Palange, a former Susan Fund recipient and current Board member, delivered an inspiring speech to all in attendance. She spoke directly to the recipients about her diagnosis of thyroid cancer when she was 14 years old. She noted, “We are a brotherhood and sisterhood of young men and women experiencing similar journeys. When faced with adversity, it Learn more