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Eighth annual Connecticut Challenge bike ride raises record $1.6 million in support of cancer survivors

Updated 3:00 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2012
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The 2012 Connecticut Challenge bike ride, which raises funds to support statewide cancer survivorship programs, raised a record amount of $1.6 million, including $27,500 raised by Darien's Winston Holt. The eighth annual event had 1,087 cyclists participate from 78 communities across Connecticut and 19 states.

Holt was Darien's top fundraiser

Since its inception in 2005, CT Challenge as an organization has raised a total of over $9 million to support cancer survivors across Connecticut

Proceeds from the ride support the CT Challenge's new Center for Survivorship in Southport, a non-profit wellness facility for cancer survivors. The Center is the first of its kind in the nation, a standalone survivorship program for cancer survivors, offering programs in exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support. CT Challenge funds also support a growing statewide network of hospitals that have cancer survivorship programs.

About the CT Challenge

The Connecticut Challenge is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, founded in 2005 by cancer survivor Jeff Keith and John Ragland with a mission to establish the first survivorship program for adult survivors in Connecticut. That goal was achieved in 2006 with the opening of the CT Challenge Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center, funded by proceeds from the first CT Challenge bike ride.

Since that time, the mission has expanded and the CT Challenge has gone on to provide support to survivorship programs at hospitals across the state through the CT Challenge Survivorship Network, in addition to providing funds to pilot groundbreaking research.