Bristol, CT (4/27/10) – Last month Tim “TJ” McKeon participated in the New York City Half Marathon and raised $4,000 in support of the Cancer Center at Bristol Hospital. TJ’s inspiration for this fundraising effort was John Cullen, a Bristol resident, who on August 26, 2009 lost a year and a half battle with small cell lung cancer. John was a very close friend of the McKeon family for over 30 years. TJ ran in memory of John and in tribute to John’s wife, Kim Hostetler, and their children. To borrow from his obituary, John "was a man of great intellect with an unparalleled work ethic who was undaunted by any challenge, a man with a passion for all that was good in the world and who possessed a clear sense of right and wrong, and a man who valued family beyond measure."
“Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center provided outstanding treatment to John during his hard fought battle with cancer,” commented TJ McKeon. “With that in mind, I decided to run in John’s memory and support the hundreds of individuals and families that have benefited from the Cancer Center since it opened in 2007. The Cancer Care Center has a number of projects it hopes to undertake in 2010 as part of its goal to continually improve and build upon its ability to provide a comfortable environment for its patients and expand its treatment capacities.”
"The United Way is pleased to partner with Bristol Hospital on this important initiative, commented Donna Osuch, President and CPO, United Way of West Central Connecticut. "One of the building blocks for a good life for all is health, and United Way is committed to improving senior’s health and wellness. The Bristol Hospital Foot Care Program is an amazing preventative service, and we are happy to help seniors who otherwise could not afford it to take part in the program."
“We were so pleased and proud of TJ’s wonderful tribute to John and were thrilled to be able to join his family in Manhattan to see him cross the finish line,” commented Kim Hostetler. All the donations will go to the Bristol Hospital Development Foundation in memory of John Cullen and be directed for use in the Cancer Center. A plaque will be placed on a boulder in the Cancer Care Center’s new Healing Garden in memory of John Cullen and in recognition of TJ’s efforts to raise funds.
The Bristol Hospital Development Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the financial support of Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group through implementation and enhancement of hospital affiliated based development and community relations. The Bristol Hospital Development Foundation is a non-profit, publicly supported organization which exists to solicit, receive, invest, manage, disburse and coordinate philanthropic funds on behalf of Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group and its affiliates, also non-profit.
John Cullen’s family and friends surround TJ McKeon after completing New York City Half Marathon, which TJ ran in memory of family friend, John Cullen.