Western Connecticut Health Network Community Partnership Inspires Branford Student to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Western Connecticut Health Network
Capstone Project

NORWALK, Connecticut – May 10, 2016 - Branford High School graduating senior Giuliana Piscitelli was inspired to make a difference after attending an informational lecture by Western Connecticut Health Network Community Partnership physician Dr. Thomas Rutherford.

Dr. Rutherford is the Director of the Cancer Center at Western Connecticut Health Network. As a board-certified gynecological oncologist and one of the nation's leading authorities on gynecologic cancers, Dr. Rutherford is focused on prevention, early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer and other gynecologic malignancies. He has authored more than 100 scientific journal articles, worked to isolate the stem cells associated with ovarian cancer and developed the standard of care for the treatment of ovarian cancer.

Miss Piscitelli devoted her senior Capstone Project to researching various types of cancers affecting women and girls. She developed an educational brochure and distributed it at a Branford High School basketball game to educate her peers and the people in attendance. Fund raising efforts and proceeds from a bake sale totaled $234.50 for cancer research at Western Connecticut Health Network. She and her mother Kristin Piscitelli presented Dr. Rutherford with a check, and Giuliana earned the highest grade available for her work on the Capstone Project. The entire Piscitelli family is involved with area fund raising walks to raise money for cancer research.

“Giuliana’s efforts are admirable and her commitment to promote awareness about women’s cancers sets a great example for other students. Her work has also helped to educate others in the community,” said Dr. Rutherford.