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ABB Foundation Grant to the CT Challenge Will Help Underserved Cancer Survivors Programs Bridgeport Programs Focus on Women Living With Cancer & Adolescent Children of Survivors May 1, 2013, Fairfield, CT – The CT Challenge is the recipient of a $11,600 grant from ABB Foundation to fund programs for underserved cancer survivors and families affected by cancer in the Bridgeport, CT area. The CT Challenge conducts cancer support groups at The United Congregational Church (UCC) in Bridgeport, CT. The groups are led by Kate Lieder, MA, MFT, Psychosocial Director of CT Challenge Center for Survivorship. One group serves women who are living with cancer. A second group supports children who have a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer. “We strive to provide a community of support for our participants, where they can come together to share their experience, strength, fear and hope with one another, while also providing information about the tools and resources that are available to them to help them,” explains Lieder,group co-facilitator and breast cancer survivor. Pat Sclafani, a cancer survivor and longtime supporter of the CT Challenge, was instrumental in helping secure the grant from ABB Foundation. Pat has spent 21 years at ABB Inc. and has been involved with ABB Foundation since 2007. ABB Foundation is the non-profit arm of ABB Inc. and is committed to supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where ABB employees live and work. About the ABB ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. The company’s North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 30,000 people in multiple manufacturing, service and other major facilities. About the Connecticut Challenge The CT Challenge is 501(C) 3 charity founded in 2005 to support survivorship programs throughout Connecticut and the CT Challenge Center for Survivorship, located in Fairfield, CT, where cancer survivors are empowered through programs in exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support. CT Challenge programs for cancer survivors are funded by the Annual CT Challenge Bike Ride that takes place in July. To date over $9 million has been raised to benefit programs for cancer survivors.