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Prouty ride and walk raises money for cancer

Published May 31, 2004; Category: EVENTS

Survivors and friends participate, research funded

With the 23rd annual Prouty Bike Ride and Fitness Walk a little more than a month away, organizers are encouraging Dartmouth community members to participate in the fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The event, often called simply "The Prouty," is scheduled for July 10 in Hanover, with Dartmouth's Susan DeBevoise Wright serving as honorary chair. Participants choose either to bike for 100, 50 or 25 miles or to walk for 5 or 10 kilometers on routes that start and finish at Dartmouth Medical School.

"The Prouty is my way of giving back," Wright said. "I received expert care for breast cancer right here at Dartmouth's Cancer Center, which is one of the world's best. The money we raise in the Prouty funds critical research. Everyone's welcome to be part of the Prouty. I look forward to taking a long walk for my friends on July 10."

Money raised by The Prouty supports cancer research at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This year's fundraising goal is $300,000. Last year more than 1,000 participants raised approximately $270,000.

The Prouty began in 1982 when four nurses rode 100 miles through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to honor Audrey Prouty, one of their patients. Since then, the event has raised more than $2 million for cancer research, education and clinical trials. Today the event is organized by the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Prizes will be awarded for particular achievements such as the most money raised and also through random drawings. Among the prizes are a bike tour from BikeVermont, bicycles donated by Banagan's Cycling Co. and Omer and Bob's and a weekend at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch.

For more information, or to register, go to www.theprouty.org or call program coordinator Barb Masteller at (800) 226-8744. 

By TAMARA STEINERT

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