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The 31st Annual Prouty Bike, Walk and Row Against Cancer Sets Fundraising and Registration Records

July 16, 2012
Lebanon, NH

The 31st Annual Prouty Bike, Walk and Row Against Cancer rode a record-breaking surge in participant registrations to raise an all-time day-of-event high of $2.4 million for cancer research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

More than 5,500 cyclists, walkers and rowers signed up for the event, exceeding last year's total of 5,200. Organizers say that much of the increase can be attributed to a special fundraising challenge offered by the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation. On top of the foundation's already generous donation of $100,000, it pledged to donate another $50 for each Prouty walker over last year's total of 1,400, up to an additional 300 walkers – a mark that was easily surpassed as the total number of walkers edged past 1,900.

"The Byrne Foundation's challenge inspired a lot of people who hadn't participated in a Prouty in the past to get involved in the event," said Jean Brown, executive director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the event's organizer. "We are very thankful for the Foundation's generosity, which is indicative to the level of community support that The Prouty enjoys and is crucial to our ability to fight cancer."

The Byrne Foundation challenge was part of the event's celebration of the 20th anniversary of walking being added to the event.

The end-of-day fundraising total of $2.4 million pushes The Prouty pass the $17 million mark in funds raised since it started in 1982 and is expected to grow as revenue continues to be counted. The 2012 proceeds exceed the previous day-of record, last year's $2.32, and easily put The Prouty on track to surpass the $2.53 million the 2011 event totaled when all proceeds were tallied last October.

Cyclists rode distances of 200, 100, 50, 35 or 20 miles, while walkers walked between three and 20 kilometers and rowers chose between 5, 10, 15 and 20 mile distances. Cycling and walking routes – excluding the 200-mile, two-day Prouty Ultimate which started in Manchester, N.H. – began and ended at Richmond Middle School in Hanover, N.H., and included scenic towns and countryside on both the New Hampshire and Vermont sides of the Connecticut River.

Hosted by the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and presented by the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, The Prouty raises funds for 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.

The Prouty History

The Prouty was started in 1982 by four Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center nurses of patient Audrey Prouty, of Warren, N.H., to honor her courage in fighting ovarian cancer. "It was the sight of Audrey facing her cancer every day with such incredible courage that inspired us to challenge ourselves with a 100-mile ride," said Patty Carney, one of those four nurses. That first year they raised $4,000. Since then, the event has raised more than $14.5 million and is on track to raise more than $2.5 million in 2012. For more information, visit TheProuty.org.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock regional locations in Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, Vt., and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. 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 cancer.dartmouth.edu.

For more information contact Donna Dubuc at (603) 653-3615.

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