FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Sub franchise Jersey Mike's is donating $2 from every regular-size sub purchase from now through May 15 at 11 locations throughout Fairfield County to Susan G. Komen Southern New England.
The fundraiser is supporting local community grant programs and breast cancer research for Komen.
Participating Jersey Mike's locations include:
- Fairfield: 2189 Black Rock Turnpike
- Westport: 390 Post Road E., Suite 20
- Wilton: 35 Danbury Road
- Norwalk: 360 Connecticut Ave.
- Brookfield: 227 Federal Road
- Ridgefield: 125 Danbury Road
Proceeds will support the 2016 Race for the Cure Fairfield County on May 7 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.
Purchasers must present a coupon in order to secure the donation, available at KomenSouthernNewEngland.org .
Jersey Mike's is new to the state with shops opening locally in the last 18 months. Most Jersey Mike's locations are owned by Paradigm Investment Group through a partnership among Brian Kelley of La Jolla, Calif., and local partners, Troy Davidson of New York City and Brian O’Hagan of Greenwich.
When the franchise expanded to several Connecticut, Carl Pinkard, National Director for Paradigm, contacted Komen Southern New England to support local fundraising efforts.
Pinkard has a long personal history with breast cancer. In 1976, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away in 1978. Six years later, his wife Diane was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 29. Following a mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstructive treatments, Diane went into remission for the next 15 years.
In 2001, Diane's mother received a diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She passed away that same year. It was also in 2001 when Diane's cancer returned.
After a year of treatment she went back into remission. Then on Diane's fifth anniversary of being cancer-free, her cancer returned for the third time, and eventually metastasized to her liver. After a 29-year battle with breast cancer, Diane Pinkard died in 2013.
"Diane was a woman who never let cancer define who she was,” said Pinkard.For more information and to register for the Race for the Cure, visit the Komen Foundation website .