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David W. Glidden, President & CEO of Middletown-based Liberty Bank, today announced the Liberty Bank Foundation approved and will fund a $50,000 grant to support the American Cancer Society’s Access to Care Program.

Through Access to Care, the grant will provide free transportation for residents of Southern New England who need it to and from their cancer treatments and other related medical appointments. The program is also in place to reduce barriers and burdens for patients with the opportunity to improve their overall health outcomes.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), most treatment regimens include months of regular chemotherapy and daily radiation therapy. During this time, visits to labs, hospitals and doctor’s offices may add up to hundreds of trips, creating overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial burdens for many patients.

“Hearing the words ‘you have cancer’ is devastating and life-altering. Cancer patients often don’t know where to turn and should never feel alone. That’s why important programs, like Access to Care, offered by ACS are available to help them through this tough time,” said David Glidden, President and CEO of Liberty Bank. “As committed supporters of ACS, Liberty Bank and our Foundation are proud to work closely with the Society. Together, we continue to advance the cause, increase awareness of the services available to patients, particularly in underserved communities, and most importantly, provide hope to everyone affected by cancer that the committed ACS and Liberty Bank teams stand with them.”

In addition to supporting the Access to Care program and other ACS services, for the past three years Liberty Bank and its employees have been the Presenting Sponsor of Connecticut’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a fundraiser for ACS and walk held annually in October.

“The teammates of Liberty Bank and Mr. Glidden have a strong reputation for transformational, personal and financial commitments to our community, including making the fight against cancer a priority by helping ACS as we attack cancer from every angle,” said Lizzy Givan, Executive Director. “The lack of access to transportation by underserved communities among us can perpetuate unacceptable disparities in care for older adults, residents in rural areas, people with limited income, and those in medically underserved communities. We are humbled and inspired that Liberty Bank Foundation has granted us these funds to help more families and individuals in our region get access to the cancer treatment they need and deserve, without having to worry about how they’ll get to their appointments.”


About Liberty Bank

Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is one of the oldest and largest mutual banks in the country. With more than $7.4 billion in assets, Liberty has 56 banking offices across Connecticut and one in Massachusetts. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, cash management, home mortgages, business loans, insurance and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant every year since 2012 and designated a 2021 and 2022 Best-In-State Bank in Connecticut by Forbes Magazine, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement. Liberty Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.


About the Liberty Bank Foundation

Since its inception in 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded over $15 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Liberty Bank’s market area. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing principally in three areas:  education for economic success; affordable housing; and nonprofit capacity building.