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From the Editor: Good Race

Last year, I decided it was time to run a race. Sounded like fun! I used to run races—but, um, that’s sort of a distant past. Yet I recalled liking them (and not just for the free Ts). So I laced up and headed down to Jennings Beach on a glorious summer morning. The race started optimistically, nice pace, feeling good; but like a Hollywood comedy, things shifted swiftly. Why had I signed up? Will this race ever end? Have I taken a wrong turn and joined a marathon? Somehow, I did finish. (Thank you to the kind stranger who asked if I was OK. I wasn’t.) I have since recovered and enjoy jogs on the treadmill. Sometimes.

Now I like the idea of cheering. Races, after all, do a lot of good. For example, the upcoming Stratton Faxon (June 21–22) has a wonderful tradition of fundraising teams, such as Fairfield Theatre Company (join their team at fairfieldtheatre.org/race) and the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation (jpff.org).

Also, earlier in the season (on May 4), the March of Dimes is hosting its March for Babies. The organization helps provide research and education related to preventing premature birth and birth defects. This year, Fairfielders Kevin and Brooke Lalumiere are serving as ambassadors for the road race. They’re bringing along their sons: six-year-old Grayson and three-year-old Holden. Grayson was born eight weeks early and spent twenty-three days in the neonatal intensive care unit before heading home. Holden was born sixteen weeks early. At birth he weighed only 1 pound, 10 ounces; he had a brain hemorrhage, no immune system and no ability to produce new blood cells. Holden spent twelve weeks at Bridgeport Hospital and another six weeks at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital to get stronger before also heading home.

“We know by sharing our story, we are bringing attention to some saddening statistics,” mom noted. In the United States, one in nine babies is born prematurely. “Every baby deserves a chance at a full and healthy life.” Today, the brothers keep their parents very busy as they mush play dough, build impressive Lego towers and run around as happy children do. Now, that’s a good reason to get out and cheer.

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