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The Prouty to Return July 9 and 10

February 04, 2010
Lebanon, NH

Drs. Sporn & Libby

Susan Lynch, MD, and Alfred Griggs, co-chairs of the 2010 Prouty

Sets Sights on Reaching $10 Million Raised in Its 29-Year Fight Against Cancer

Northern New England's largest charity fundraiser will cross a major milestone when the 29th Annual Prouty Bike Ride & Challenge Walk and 3rd Annual Prouty Ultimate Back-to-Back Century Ride take place July 9 to 10, 2010.

More than 5,500 participants and volunteers are expected to participate in this year's Prouty, which benefits Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, one of only 40 federally designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. With a fundraising goal of $2.25 million for 2010, The Prouty is poised to cross the $10 million mark in total dollars raised since its inception in 1982—all in support of cancer research and patient services.

The Prouty will kick off in Manchester, NH, on Friday, July 9, when up to 150 cyclists embark toward Hanover, NH, on a two-day, 200-mile Prouty Ultimate ride. On Saturday, they will be joined by more than 4,700 Prouty cyclists and walkers, biking between 20 and 100 miles or walking distances from five to 20 kilometers. Day two's routes begin and end at Richmond Middle School in Hanover and include scenic towns and countryside on both the New Hampshire and Vermont sides of the Connecticut River.

With its team-oriented approach to fundraising, family friendly pre- and post-event activities, and encouragement of cancer survivor participation, The Prouty has become a favorite tradition not only for residents of New Hampshire and Vermont, but for supporters across the country.

"Last year people came from 33 different states to participate in The Prouty and do their part in fighting cancer," said Jean Brown, executive director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Prouty event director. "We've achieved that kind of widespread support by creating a fun and inviting atmosphere in which anybody who wants to participate can find a way to contribute their talents toward the event's overall goal."

Hosted by the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and presented by the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, money raised by The Prouty funds world-class research, state-of-the-art equipment, critical education programs, and innovative clinical trials that affect the lives of cancer patients around the world. These dollars also fund quality-of-life patient services such as massage, writing-for-healing workshops, support groups, and patient libraries.

This year's Prouty is co-chaired by Susan Lynch, MD, and Alfred Griggs. Dr. Lynch is a pediatrician working as a pediatric lipid specialist at the Cholesterol Treatment Center at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH. In her third year as Prouty co-chair and New Hampshire's First Lady, Dr. Lynch says, "I just can't imagine a better event than the Prouty—or a better cause—helping our preeminent Cancer Center here in New Hampshire." Mr. Griggs has been a long-time participant in The Prouty, riding in the 100-mile event five times. As chair of both the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Board of Trustees and of the Assembly of Overseers, Mr. Griggs says, "As a Trustee, I see firsthand the significant impact The Prouty has on Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock organization. And as the only comprehensive cancer center in Northern New England, its effect goes well beyond the Upper Valley, touching the entire region."

Deadlines to register are June 30 for Prouty Ultimate cyclists (200 miles) and July 7 for Prouty cyclists (20, 35, 50, and 100 mile distances). Walkers can register anytime, even on the morning of the event.

For more information about The Prouty, or to register to participate or volunteer, visit www.theprouty.org.

The Prouty History

The Prouty was started in 1982 by four Norris Cotton Cancer Center nurses of patient Audrey Prouty, of Warren, NH, to honor her courage in fighting ovarian cancer. "It was the sight of Audrey facing her cancer everyday with such incredible courage that inspired us to challenge ourselves with a 100-mile ride," said Patti Carney, one of those four nurses. That first year they raised $4,000. Since then, the event has raised more than $9 million.

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Established in 1972, Norris Cotton Cancer Center is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers as designated by the National Cancer Institute and the only one in Northern New England. It is part of the only academic medical center in New Hampshire, and combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School with patient-centered care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center at regional centers in Manchester and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, and through 11 community hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. For the last eight years in a row, Norris Cotton Cancer Center has been named in the top 50 cancer facilities by U.S.News & World Report.

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