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Prouty Bike Ride and Walk Raises $1.2 Million for Norris Cotton Cancer Center

July 12, 2006

Women riders at ProutyThe Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center announced today that the 2006 Prouty Century Bike Ride and Challenge Walk, held last weekend in Hanover, NH, has surpassed its $1 million fundraising goal, with proceeds received to date totaling $1.2 million. Donations continue to pour in for this year's record-breaking event, known throughout the region as "The Prouty." Funds raised by participants further cancer research and enhance patient support services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Prouty celebrated its 25th year with tremendous growth. The first Prouty ride was in 1982, when four nurses biked 100 miles in New Hampshire's White Mountains to honor their patient, Audrey Prouty, and raised $4,000 in support of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This year, 2766 people participated-933 more than last year. In its first 24 years, the Prouty raised a total of $3.5 million, and this year alone it has already raised $1.2 million.

Teams of riders and walkers were prevalent this year, with 204 teams accounting for 2015 of the total participants. Teams often form to honor a family member or friend who is battling cancer or has recently died from the disease.

Prouty bike riders"People come together for the Prouty because they've been touched by cancer in some way and want to do something about it," explained Jean Brown, director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. "Through the Prouty, our community shares a day of hard work and fun, and a commitment to making a difference in this disease."

The huge success of this year's Prouty coincides with the announcement this week that Norris Cotton Cancer Center is listed among the top 50 hospitals for cancer care by U.S.News & World Report for the fifth year in a row.

The Prouty is the signature event of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, which is dedicated to furthering the Center's efforts to prevent, treat, and one day find a cure for cancer. Volunteers raise money, produce events, and foster community education and awareness. More information about the Friends and the Prouty can be found online at www.theprouty.org.

For more information, contact Mary Hawkins at (603) 653-3615 or Gina Balkus at (603) 653-1969