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Two Darien teams honored for work with CT challenge

Updated 6:31 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2013
  • From left, Kasey Mazzone, Sammee Mazzone, Rose Fitzgerald, Mimi Griffith, Lauren Jansen and Kim Kiner pose for a picture with Team Darien-New Canaan. Photo: Contributed Photo / Darien News
    From left, Kasey Mazzone, Sammee Mazzone, Rose Fitzgerald, Mimi Griffith, Lauren Jansen and Kim Kiner pose for a picture with Team Darien-New Canaan. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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FAIRFIELD -- The CT Challenge honored its Road Warriors and Top 20 Teams for 2013 at a recent reception at the CT Challenge Center for Survivorship.

Each Road Warrior commits to raising at least $3,000 to support their CT Challenge Bike Ride and most participate on teams, as do 85% of all riders. This year's teams accounted for 85 percent of the record $1.65M that was raised.

Darien had two teams honored with Dawn Patrol under captain Michael J. Smith and Team Darien-New Canaan under captain Kim Kiner.

The CT Challenge Bike Ride, which was July 26-27 and is the engine that fuels CT Challenge survivorship programs that help cancer survivors live healthier, happier and longer lives, filling the void that exists to 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 one 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 program like those offered at the Center for Survivorship.

CT Challenge programs impacted more than 54,000 cancer survivors last year.

Top corporate teams this year were Aetna, 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 on Dec. 1. The ride takes place July 25-26, 2014 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Participants choose to ride distances of 10--184 miles over one or two days and raise funds to support programs for cancer survivor.

For more information, visit bike.ctchallenge.org.

About the CT Challenge

The CT Challenge (CTC) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving and prolonging the lives of the 14 million cancer survivors living in the US. CTC's mission is to empower cancer survivors to take control of their health by offering credible educational materials, comprehensive resources and a roadmap for all those impacted by the disease to live healthier, happier and longer lives. The CTC opened the Center for Survivorship in 2013 to lead the field of cancer survivorship care in the areas of nutrition, exercise and community support. Learn more at www.ctchallenge.org.