Panera Bread has partnered with Rebecca Lobo, basketball analyst, Olympic athlete, former WNBA and UCONN player, to support the Connecticut Cancer Foundation (CCF), formerly the Connecticut Sports Foundation, during its 16th annual ‘Pink Ribbon Bagel’ promotion.
Throughout the month of October, a portion of proceeds from all Pink Ribbon Bagels sold will go toward helping the CCF assist local families battling breast cancer with rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medications and more. Patients are referred to CCF through a network of oncology social workers at Connecticut hospitals and cancer centers.
The Lobo partnership, now in its fifth year, kicked off October 1st to commemorate national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lobo, a recent inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is the daughter of RuthAnn Lobo, a long-time breast cancer survivor who lost her battle in 2011 after living with the disease for 18 years.
In 2001, Rebecca launched the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship for Hispanic students admitted to the UCONN School of Allied Health. As part of the Panera Bread partnership, the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work was established in 2013 to support educating the next generation of hospital-based social workers working with cancer patients.
During the month-long fundraiser, a portion of the proceeds from every Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased at Panera Bread cafes in Connecticut will go directly to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation. Pink Ribbon Bagels are baked fresh daily in each Panera Bread café, formed by hand into a ribbon shape, and feature dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.
Participating Connecticut locations are located in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Lisbon, Manchester, Newington, Southington, South Windsor, Waterford, West Hartford, and Wethersfield.