TBBCF announces 2024 Walk Chair

Eleanor Mariani 2024 TBBCF Walk for a Cure Chair

By ELLYN SANTIAGO

The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce that Eleanor Mariani has been chosen as the 2024 TBBCF Walk for a Cure Chair.

Without exaggeration, hundreds of thousands have attended OpSail, the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival in New London. So, as an OpSail executive board member and event chair for three years, including through COVID-19, and as co-chair of the 2nd annual Mermaid and Sea Monster’s Parade as part of the festival, Eleanor has legitimate event coordinator chops. And then some. One need not ask what she’ll bring to the role as 2024 TBBCF Walk for a Cure Chair. Suffice it to say, she will bring vast and relevant experience. 

She had a long and distinguished career with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as Director of Boating and Division/State Boating Law Administrator and was the Federal Aid Coordinator for the State Department of Environmental Protection. She was also a co-recipient of the 2023 Bruce T. MacDonald Annual Community Engagement Award.

Eleanor Mariani
Eleanor Mariani

When asked what motivated her to apply for the post as the TBBCF Walk for a Cure Chair, she pointed to her event planning and coordinating experience. Among her accomplishments for OpSail was her ability to increase attendance by developing timelines, securing grant monies, and recruiting “awesome” volunteers. 

“I was eager to bring my skills to the TBBCF as Walk Chair,” she said. 

And, given her Master’s degree in Biology, she “fully understands how critical grants are to researchers in colleges and other institutions and the focus that these researchers provide to get published and move science forward.”

“The mission of TBBCF to provide 100 percent of the money raised to fund clinical and preclinical fellowships and therapeutic studies to find a cure for breast cancer is one that I can wholeheartedly get behind and want to support,” she said.

Eleanor, who grew up in New London, lives in Quaker Hill and said she’s known about TBBCF “since its inception.” And albeit tragically, she has a personal connection, as her grandmother died of breast cancer, and she has cousins who battled breast cancer, one who passed away from the disease and another who is a survivor.

“So connecting to TBBCF is meaningful to me,” she said.

And while she has not done the Walk, she’s “excited to associate with the many people who have been involved with the Walk for A Cure and to celebrate the women and men who have had to navigate breast cancer in their lives.”

“I plan to build on the incredible work of the past 18 years of Walk Chair experience and help to build the number of walkers to pre-COVID numbers, and beyond,” she said enthusiastically. “The more walkers we have, the more money will be available for breast cancer research.”

Eleanor said she was already on the job. 

“I am currently contacting the incredible volunteer team leads for the Walk, many of whom have been involved since its inception, to see how we can all work together this year to make the 19th Walk for A Cure the best yet!”

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