CT Challenge Bike Ride raises more than $1 million


Marshall Wace is one of several Fairfield teams that participated in this year’s CT Challenge Bike Ride, helping to raise more than $1.65 million for cancer survivor programs.

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 his or her CT Challenge Bike Ride and most participate on teams, as do 85% of all riders. This year’s teams accounted for 85% of the record $1.65 million that was raised.

Fairfield teams honored included Flock of Cycles (captain John Slavin), Oddsmakers (captains Karin Keith and Sean Kilbride), Ride Sally Ride (captain George Richards), Marshall Wace (captain Michael Sargent) and Team Sclafani (captain Bob Pigue).

The CT Challenge Bike Ride 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 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 impacted 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 is now open for registration. The ride takes place at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport on July 25 and 26. participants choose to ride distances of 10 to 184 miles over one or two days and raise money to support programs for cancer survivor.

For more information, visit Bike.ctchallenge.org.

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