FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Challenge honored its Road Warriors and top 20 fundraising teams for 2013 at a recent reception at the CT Challenge Center for Survivorship in Fairfield.
Each Road Warrior commits to raising at least $3,000 to support the CT Challenge bike ride and most participate on teams, as do 85 percent of all riders. This year’s teams accounted for 85 percent of the record $1.65 million that was raised.
Fairfield's Flock of Cycles, with captain John Slavin, was the top fundraising team with close to $100,000. Team Navigators of Ridgefield was second with more than $81,000.
The annual bike ride took place July 26 and 27 and, is the engine that fuels CT Challenge survivorship programs that help cancer survivors live healthier, happier and longer lives. The programs help bodies ravaged by the protocols needed to fight the disease when hospital visits are done. This includes the CT Challenge Center for Survivorship, which opened a year ago in Southport.
The Center for Survivorship is the only standalone survivorship center in the country. It is an incubator for best practices that will set the model for fitness, nutrition, community support and lifestyle programs nationwide. CT Challenge programs are based on research which shows that outcomes and outlooks improve exponentially for cancer survivors who follow a programs like those offered at the Center for Survivorship. CT Challenge programs helped more than 54,000 cancer survivors last year.
Top corporate teams this year were Aetna, Navigators Insurance, BMW of Bridgeport, Orthopaedic Specialty Group and A Little Square. Participating hospital teams included Waterbury’s Leever Cancer Center and Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center.
The 2014 CT Challenge Bike Ride opened for registration Dec. 1. The ride takes place July 25 to 26 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Participants choose to ride distances of 10 to 184 miles over one or two days and raise funds to support programs for cancer survivors. Visit Bike.ctchallenge.org for more information.