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Sunday, November 18 News

In Pictures / New Canaan runs in honor of late mother for a good cause

NEW CANAAN — Celebrating the memory her late mother—Kristen Ruth—a local kindergarten teacher—this young New Canaan woman inspired a band of people to come out running for a good cause.

Local charity Filling in the Blanks, which targets childhood hunger, held its first-ever “Unite to Fight” 5K race event at New Canaan High School Sunday morning, organized by Britt Gardella, who graduated the school in 2012.

“Children were a huge passion for her,” Gardella said of her mother, which prompted the idea to work with the charity.

“I wanted to do something that honored her,” she said.

More than $13,000 was raised by the event, which drew over 150 people, including a number of kids who ran a short fun run before the main event.

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