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Prouty Cancer Fundraising Surpasses $2.75 million goal for 2013

September 16, 2013
Hanover, NH

More than $20 million raised in 32 years of cycling, walking, rowing and golfing.

The Prouty, which started in 1982 with four nurses on bikes raising $4000, has surpassed its 2013 fundraising goal of $2.75 million. This pushes total fundraising from the 32 editions of the event over $20 million. The funds support cancer patients and cancer research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

This year's Prouty took place July 12-13 in Hanover, N.H. Established to honor cancer patient Audrey Prouty, the weekend now attracts more than 5,000 participants to a slate of events that includes one- and two-day bicycling routes, multiple walk routes, rowing on the Connecticut River, and golf.

Prouty participants fundraise year-round, with a running total displayed on the Prouty website. On September 3, longtime Prouty supporter John Seaver captured an image of the site as the fundraising tally slid over the official goal of $2.75 million. Taken at 8:06 a.m. that morning, Seaver's screenshot shows the total at $2,750, 287.

"We are so, so grateful to all of the people who went out and accomplished amazing things to support Norris Cotton," said Honorary Chair Doug Lewis of Pomfret, Vt. Lewis himself pushed the limits of the Prouty this year, leading a group that cycled a different Prouty routes each day for seven days as a prelude to the event.

In addition to some 25,000 donations so far in 2013, more than 200 corporations have supported the Prouty this year. The corporate support, coupled with an army of more than 1,300 volunteers, keep costs low so that nearly 87 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer patient support services and cancer research at Norris Cotton.

"This support improves our patients' lives today and offers hope for tomorrow through research," said Mark Israel, M.D., director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. "It's especially meaningful for those of us who care for patients and conduct research - and for our patients themselves – that these dollars come directly from our community. It's inspiring to know that you are with us in this fight."

The Prouty 2013 fundraising tally will keep rolling until December 31 at www.theprouty.org. The 2014 edition of the event is July 11 -12.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, at NCCC regional locations in Manchester, Keene, and Nashua, N.H., and St. Johnsbury, Vt., and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is recognized and designated by the National Cancer Institute for its breadth and depth of research, education and outreach as one of just 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S. Learn more about Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at cancer.dartmouth.edu.

For more information contact Rebecca Gray at (603) 653-3628.

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