Challenge bike ride raises record $1.6 million

The 2012 Connecticut Challenge bike ride, which raises money to support statewide cancer survivorship programs, raised a record amount of $1.6 million. The eighth annual event had 1,087 cyclists participate from 78 communities across Connecticut and 19 states.

Michael Sargent ($33,898) and Jonathan Slavin ($22,970) were the two top fundraisers among the many riders from Fairfield to participate.

Since its inception in 2005, Connecticut Challenge as an organization has raised more than $9 million to support cancer survivors across Connecticut.

Proceeds from the ride support the Connecticut Challenge’s new Center for Survivorship in Southport, a nonprofit wellness facility for cancer survivors. The center is the first of its kind in the nation, a stand-alone survivorship program for cancer survivors, offering programs in exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support. Connecticut Challenge money also supports a growing statewide network of hospitals that have cancer survivorship programs.

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