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Help Fight Cancer: Start a Prouty Team!

Challenge your friends and co-workers to walk, bike, row, or golf to help fight cancer.

The Prouty, northern New England's largest charity fundraiser, has raised more than $17 million to support cancer research and patient-centered care at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. An annual event since 1982, last year The Prouty raised nearly $2.6 million dollars—71 percent of these funds were raised by the 387 teams participating in the two day event.

Walkers, bikers, rowers, and golfers (new this year) form teams as coworkers, as a family, or simply to join with others to raise money to fight cancer. Some team members participate to honor a patient in treatment or a loved one lost to cancer. Others channel their frustration into physical activity to help fight against the disease. Teams train together, swap stories, strategize about fundraising, and support each other in healthy activities that reduce their own cancer risk.

Start planning now: visit theprouty.org

This year's Prouty will take place on July 12 and 13. "Golf the Prouty" and a new bike route "The Prouty 77" have been added to the cycling, walking, and rowing event routes this year. The best way to fully enjoy the event is to plan ahead: How far will you ride, row, or walk and when will you start training? Who will be on the team and what activity will they do? How will you raise funds? You can find route maps, fundraising tips, registration information, and everything you need to start planning here.

Organize a Team at Work

"Teams are great for businesses because they build morale and encourage teamwork and camaraderie," says Jean Brown, executive director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Company teams can be any size, and team members can participate in separate events—cycling, walking, rowing, golfing, or even virtually. Improved health and fitness can increase workplace productivity, and being active can help employees reduce their cancer risk. Last year more than 40 corporate teams raised more than $200,000.

Cancer touches everyone: family, neighbors, colleagues, and friends. Get out and make a difference today.

January 21, 2013