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Friday, July 18, 2008

Talented teen put teddy bear on T-shirt



NEW HAVEN - A Norwalk teen has designed the T-shirt that will outift hundreds of walkers and runners during the 2008 Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer Family Day on Sept. 28 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

Mirza Yanes, 13, right, a student at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, "put her artistic talent and love of teddy bears on the front of the T-shirt," hospital officials said.

Yanes, a patient at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, was diagnosed with bone cancer in Sept. 2007. She and a fellow patient, Robbie Greenberger of Fairfield , collaborated during their cancer treatment to create this year's shirt design, which shows a sick teddy bear on the road to recovery.
The 15th annual Tommy Fund Family Day will include a 5K road race, a two mile walk, or a .3 mile fun run for children younger than 10. The fun run begins at 10 a.m. and the 5K run and 2-mile walk at 10:30 a.m. Registration, which begins at 8:30 a.m., costs $15; $8 for children younger than 10.
The Tommy Fund helps children receiving cancer treatment at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, and their families. For more information or a registration form, call the Tommy Fund at (203) 688-4081 or (800) 974-5559 or log onto http://www.tommyfund.org/.

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