The Push Against Cancer (2019 is our 10th annual) is a friendly "push-up-a-thon" geared at all age- and fitness-levels. The event raises funds for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a non-profit founded by beloved Westporter and award-winning actor Paul Newman in 1988 to provide “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families. Over the last 9 years, the Push Against Cancer has raised nearly $500k to help kids battling illnesses from cancer to sickle cell enjoy summer camp and other joy-filled, camp-inspired experiences. (Click HERE to watch an amazing video about the camp.) Every child who participates in Camp programs does so at no cost to their family, and, with their medical needs and adapted activities, the cost to attend does not come cheap. It costs $2,500 for one child to attend one week of camp. While there, kids are no longer patients, “the kid with cancer/hemophilia/HIV;” they are simply KIDS, surrounded by friends who understand what they’re going through and have gone through just as they have.
This year’s Push Against Cancer will be held on Sunday, June 9 at Staples High School in Westport, CT on the girls’ lacrosse/field hockey field. In 2010, founder Andy Berman, a local fitness professional, was opening a new gym in Westport. He wanted to find a way to give back to the community he was joining. When he learned about The Hole in the Wall Gang and that it had been founded by local Paul Newman, Andy knew he had found his charity. He started the Push Against Cancer with about 20 participants who raised $9,900, doing pushups in his former gym, Fitness Factory. The event grew each year; in 2015, over 40 participants raised $44k, 2016 saw over 100 participants raise $67k, 2017’s 242 participants raised $128k, and in 2018 there were 334 participants who raised over $150k.
In 2019, founder Andy Berman and his team expect over 400 participants and have a fundraising goal of over $200,000. And with the cost of camp attendance so high, we hope to raise funds to send over 80 kids to camp this year. Having outgrown the beautiful Levitt Pavilion, this year’s event is being held at Staples High School, which gives the event a unique flavor and has encouraged more high school students and athletic teams to participate. Once again, the Push Against Cancer has the support and participation of many important local organizations including the Westport Police Department and Police Chief Foti Koskinas, the Westport Fire Department and Fire Chief Robert Yost, Westport’s own CT State Senator Will Haskell, Westport First Selectman James Marpe, and Staples High School Principal James D’Amico. The Staples High School’s specialty choral group, the Orphenians, will be performing the National Anthem under the direction of advisor Luke Rosenberg. Join us!!
To register as a participant, go to http://getinvolved.holeinthewallgang.org/site/TR?fr_id=1477&pg=entry.
To donate, go to:
To become a corporate sponsor, or for more information, please email PushAgainstCancer@gmail.com. Founder Andy Berman or Chief Administrative Officer Sherry Jonas will get back to you and answer any questions you may have.