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Connecticut group to hold second charity fishing tournament

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation said it will hold its second annual Fishing Against Cancer Tournament at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn., from Sept. 14-15. The Day newspaper has signed on as the event’s sponsor.

The catch-and-release tournament will award cash and prizes for the largest striped bass, bluefish, fluke and sea bass. Top fundraisers will also receive prizes.

Linda, a 4-year-old pediatric cancer patient, will be the ambassador for the event. CCF said in a statement that Linda will receive a larger grant than CCF typically provides after it was discovered last week that her mother, Zayda, has breast cancer. John Ellis, CCF Chairman, urged support from the local community and anglers.

“This is an overwhelming challenge for this family, with both mother and daughter battling cancer at the same time,” he said. “With everyone’s support, we can show this family they are not alone in their battle.”

CCF also supports other cancer patients. The nonprofit was founded in 1987 by Connecticut native John Ellis, a former catcher for the New York Yankees and a cancer survivor. CCF has granted more than $5 million to 6,000-plus Connecticut families dealing with the financial hardship that often follows a cancer diagnosis. It has donated more than $2 million to support ongoing cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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