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The Prouty Raises $1.6 Million for Research and Patient Services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center

July 16, 2007

The 2007 Prouty Century Bike Ride & Challenge Walk posted a banner year, raising $1.6 million for research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Norris Cotton Cancer Center. With donations still pouring in, the 2007 Prouty has already exceeded last year's record total by more than $400,000 and beat its 2007 goal of $1.5 million.

Prouty team

Members of the Wonder Women team, one of 275 that participated in the 2007 Prouty. Pictured L to R: Patrick Sankovitz, Scottie Eliassen, Lula Nicolau, Antoine Trpant, Tim Eliassen, Wyatt Oswald, Dennis Donahue, Peter Eliassen, Shekinah Cohn

This year, more than 3,500 people participated in the Prouty, including Governor John Lynch and First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch. Many bikers and walkers were on one of 275 teams that formed to honor a family member or friend who is battling cancer or has recently died from the disease.

"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 comes together to support our nationally recognized cancer center that is making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, right here and around the world."

Brown had high praise for the new location at Richmond Middle School in Hanover and for the Dresden school district's support of the event. She also thanked the more than 125 businesses and 400 volunteers who helped make this year's Prouty possible.

"We are thrilled by this overwhelming show of support by our community," said Cancer Center director Mark A. Israel, MD. "The Prouty provides vital support for two important areas of focus for us: research funding for bright, young scientists who are developing innovative approaches in cancer, and supportive services for cancer patients that truly can make a difference in their well-being and healing."

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

Now marking its 26th anniversary, the Prouty has seen remarkable growth in the past few years. 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. In its first 24 years, the Prouty raised a total of $3.5 million. In the last two years alone, it has raised over $2.8 million.

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.

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School with patient-centered cancer care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH and regional locations in St. Johnsbury, VT and Manchester and Nashua, NH. It is one of 41 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute's "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation. Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at www.cancer.dartmouth.edu.