Posted on June 20, 2018 by admin
This Monday, my colleagues and I joined with the family and friends of Heather Mosher to bring greater awareness to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. On the day Heather was engaged to be married she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. After a yearlong struggle with her illness and while a patient at St. Francis Medical Center, she married David Mosher. Heather passed away 18 hours later on the one year anniversary of her diagnosis and engagement. And our gathering today holds special significance as June 18th marks the anniversary of the day Heather and David had their first date.
I did not know Heather personally, but her story is serving as an inspiration to many across our state and the country. Heather’s hope was not to be forgotten, to leave a legacy as a “beacon of light” to bring hope and awareness to the rare form of cancer that took her life, and to encourage others to work for a cure of this disease that affects so many in our country.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and 15%-20% of these cases are Triple Negative. This year an estimated 30,000 cases will be diagnosed and 10,000 women will die of the disease.
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Posted on June 20, 2018 by admin
WINDSOR – State Senator John Kissel and State Representatives Tami Zawistowski, Brandon McGee, Scott Storms and Bobby Gibson hosted a Wartime Service Medal Ceremony with Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commission Thomas Saadi that honored nearly 200 Windsor veterans.
The ceremony was held at the Windsor High School on Saturday the 16th, with over 500 family and friends in attendance to support the veterans. The ceremony was made possible with the help of local volunteers; the Windsor JROTC Presented the Colors, Noah Swanson from Boy Scout Troop 203 led the Pledge of Allegiance, the Windsor Chorus Ensemble sang the National Anthem and retired Air Force Major Carlton Stidsen led the invocation.
The legislators thanked the veterans for their service, bravery and sacrifice. In his remarks Commissioner Saadi emphasized the importance of recognizing veterans for their service especially those who served in Vietnam.
Rep. Storms stated that, “Connecticut’s citizens can be proud of the men and women who served and are serving in our armed forces to defend the principles of liberty and freedom upon which our nation was founded. I am pleased to honor these amazing veterans and their families, and through the presentation of the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal, thank them for their service.”
The Connecticut Veterans Wartime Services Medal was established in 2005 by the state legislature to honor all Connecticut veterans with qualified wartime service. Before this, the state had not issued such a medal since World War I. In subsequent years, the state has authorized awards to be made posthumously on or after November 12, 1918. In order to receive the medal, a veteran must qualify according to three conditions. Veterans must have served during a qualified wartime for longer than 90 days, unless the engagement was less than that, he or she must have received an honorable discharge, and lastly, must currently reside in the state of Connecticut. For more information visit portal.ct.gov/dva.
Posted on June 18, 2018 by admin
WINDSOR LOCKS- State Representative Scott Storms (R-60) hosted two legislative updates for seniors in Windsor Locks on June 12th and June 14th. The first event ‘coffee and conversation’ was held at the Senior Center before lunch. The second was held for residents of Stonebrook Village. Rep. Storms spoke about the major public acts passed during the session and offered an over view of the no-tax increase compromise budget agreement enacted in May. The Office of Legislative Research produces reports on major legislation, including Acts Affecting Seniors, these reports can be viewed at www.cga.ct.gov/olr.