For the third consecutive year, rival towns Darien and New Canaan will join forces to ride for Team Darien-New Canaan in the eighth annual CT Challenge bike ride Saturday in Westport.

The team expects to have more than 20 riders who will raise money for Connecticut Challenge, a non-profit organization based in Southport that creates and supports unique survivorship programs to empower cancer survivors throughout the state.

Kim Kiner, a cancer survivor from Darien, formed the team along with friend John Murphy of New Canaan in 2010. Kiner will be riding in her seventh CTC on the 25-mile course with her two daughters.

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"You become a survivor the moment you are diagnosed. But once you survive the disease, then you have to survive the harsh treatments and their long-term side effects. The CT Challenge and its programs help people `survive the cure' and get their lives back to some sort of `new normal,'" Kiner said. "I am riding for the people going through treatment now."

Murphy is negotiating the century-mile ride for his many family members and friends who have survived cancer.

The current team members are Kim Kiner (captain), Corby Hocker, Scott Logie, Luke Whittaker, Nathan Whittaker, Martin Whittaker, Mimi Griffith, Gregory Makoul, Christopher Price, Chase Jansen, Lauren Jansen, Tracee Jansen, Sammee Mazzone, Kasey Mazzone and John Murphy.

For more information about riding with or donating to Team Darien-New Canaan, visit http://2112ctchallenge.kintera.org/dariennewcanaan.

About the Connecticut Challenge

The Connecticut Challenge, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, founded in 2005, that creates and supports unique survivorship programs and research to empower cancer survivors to live healthier, happier, longer lives. More than $6 million has been raised to date to benefit programs for cancer survivors. For more information, visit www.ctchallenge.com.