The 2010 Prouty Raises Record Amount
August 11, 2010
The 2010 two-day Prouty Bike Ride and Challenge Walk, the premier fundraising event hosted by Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, has raised more than $2.3 million for cancer research and patient care at the Cancer Center, a record Prouty total for a single year. Contributions continue to come in. Whatever the final total turns out to be, it will easily push the Prouty past the $10 million mark in total funds raised since the event began in 1982.
"Crossing $10 million is an achievement that the tens of thousands of cyclists, walkers and volunteers who've participated in the past 29 Proutys can be very proud of," said Mark Israel, MD, Cancer Center Director. "The way our communities have supported the Prouty, which has really become one of northern New England's signature events, speaks volumes about how much people care about their family members, friends and neighbors who've battled cancer. Because of their hard work and generosity, real advances have been, and continue to be, made in the fight against cancer."
The total number of Prouty contributors, 23,000, was also record-setting, besting the previous record total by more than 1,000. Contributions came in from all 50 U.S. states and more than 27 countries.
More than 4,500 cyclists and walkers and nearly 1,000 volunteers took part in the Prouty. Cyclists rode 200 (the Prouty Ultimate Back-to-Back Century ride), 100, 50, 35 or 20 miles, while walkers chose between five and 20 kilometers.
The success of this year's Prouty sets the stage for July 8-9, 2011, when The Prouty will celebrate its 30th year. "We have a lot of momentum heading into a milestone year," said Jean Brown, executive director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Prouty event director. "The 30th Prouty is going to be very special."