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Tavino Strong 10K in West Hartford to Raise Funds for Brain Cancer Research

A 10K race planned for West Hartford will support awareness and raise funds for the National Brain Tumor Society.

Tom and Sam Tavino with their children. Photo credit: Allie Flacker (courtesy photo)

By Ronni Newton

A 10K race scheduled for Sunday, May 2 can be run on a set course in West Hartford – or virtually, anywhere in the world – with funds supporting the National Brain Tumor Society.

“We are running, May 2, to support the National Brain Tumor Society in their research for a cure,” said West Hartford resident Sam Tavino. “In September 2020, my husband, Tom Tavino, was diagnosed with a brain tumor which we later found out was a Glioblastoma (stage 4 brain cancer). When Tom asked if we were going to be okay, the doctor told us that we just need science to catch up,” she said.

The race is a national event, and being held in a virtual format, but team “Tavino Strong” has put together a set course that begins and ends in West Hartford Center, which many will be running on Sunday morning beginning at 10 a.m. The course begins at the corner of Brace Road and Walden Street, is two 5K loops, and directional signs will be posted, organizers said.

After running, participants will be gathering on the patio at Barb’s Pizza for drinks and pizza.

“Raising money and awareness for brain cancer is our way of contributing to the hope that science will catch up,” Sam Tavino said.

To donate or join the team, click here.

In addition, Healthy is the Way, a local organic and allergen-free food delivery service, will be donating 20% of their sales through May 3 to the American Cancer Society in honor of the Tavinos. Click here to visit their website, and use the code TAVINO at checkout to participate.

The Tavino Children. Photo credit: Allie Flacker (courtesy photo)

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