Westporters Push Against Cancer

The Levitt Pavilion was packed yesterday — with push-up people.

The view from the Levitt Pavilion stage.

Hundreds of men, women and kids — from super-jacked to usually sedentary — did as many push-ups as they could in an hour.

First Selectman Jim Marpe banged out his. So did Chief of Police Foti Koskinas. And Paul Newman’s grandson.

Chief of Police Foti Koskinas and Push Against Cancer founder Andy Berman.

Which was fitting, because all the money raised goes to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the fantastic getaway for boys and girls with cancer and other serious diseases. It was founded, of course, by Westport’s own Paul Newman.

The 9th annual Push Against Cancer raised well over $120,000 — a record. That makes nearly $500,000 since the event began.

Congrats to founder and mastermind Andy Berman. To the many police and firefighters who helped make it happen.

And, of course, to everyone who participated — and feels very, very sore today.

(Hat tip: photographers Sabine Foreman, Andrew Kindt, Adam Vengrow)

3 responses to “Westporters Push Against Cancer

  1. Adam Vengrow

    This was the best community day ever. Only Andy Berman can get all the gyms, the police, the firemen, town government, local businesses, military, and people from all over the area to come and give back to children suffering life threatening diseases. Hole in the Wall Gang, started right here in Westport by Paul Newman, is an amazing organization. All year round they either have kids to the camp or bring camp to hospital beds, all with trained doctors and nurses on staff so kids can do things like regular healthy kids do. It was Andy Berman’s 9th annual, and every year he has made it better than the previous one!!!! Thanks for what you do Andy Berman!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Dan for keeping us informed!

  2. Congratulations to the Push Against Cancer for an exciting and successful event. As a cancer survivor who is cancer free, I know how important it is to have such support. I have seen this through writing workshops I have done for cancer survivors and patients undergoing treatment and they have a dramatic impact. I just published my next book: EVERY DAY IS A GIFT: Surviving Cancer and Making Peace with the Past—a Memoir of Love, Duty, and Friendship, Laughter, Tears, and Closure. It is available now on Amazon.

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  3. Amy Hochhauser

    It was a fabulous event for a great cause! Team JOY loved being a part of it!