Fishing tournament to benefit cancer patients

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The Connecticut Cancer Foundation, formally known as the Connecticut Sports Foundation, will be hosting its first annual 2017 Brewer Pilots Point Marina/Sea Tow Fishing Against Cancer Tournament to raise money to benefit Connecticut cancer patients and their families.

The event will be held Sept. 15-16 at the Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn. At the conclusion, $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to both the top fishermen and the top fundraisers.

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation provided over $450,000 in financial aid last year to cancer patients and their families, said founder and chairman John Ellis.

“Because of the Fishing Against Cancer Tournament, the Ambassador family will receive a much larger grant than we can typically provide,” Ellis said in a statement. “The rest of the money raised that day will provide aid to cancer patients throughout the state through our Connecticut Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. It is a great way to help cancer patients in Connecticut, while also really helping a local family that is fighting this disease.”

In addition to Connecticut cancer patients who will be assisted, there is also a pediatric cancer patient “ambassador.” The ambassador for the Fishing Against Cancer Tournament is 3-year-old Joshua, who was diagnosed with leukemia. His family is also currently homeless and staying at Ronald McDonald house in New Haven. Ambassadors and their families receive a much larger grant than CCF can typically provide.

The Fishing Against Cancer Tournament is Connecticut’s premier catch-and-release fishing tournament organized by the Connecticut Cancer Foundation. The foundation's mission is to financially assist cancer patients and their families. CCF provides financial assistance to CT cancer patients and their families by helping to pay basic living expenses such as rent, mortgage, and utilities.