Episode Nine: The Prouty
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22 minutes. Originally aired on June 8, 2010
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The Prouty Bike Ride & Challenge Walk is in its 29th year of raising funds for Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Held annually on the second Saturday of July in Hanover, NH, the event raises more than $2 million a year for cancer research and patient care. It is named for Audrey Prouty, a person with cancer who was honored for her courage and strength by four of her Cancer Center nurses. They rode their bicycles 100 miles through New Hampshire’s White Mountains in 1982 to raise funds in Audrey’s memory.
This year’s Prouty will draw more than 5,000 participants, including many cancer survivors who walk, run, or ride the Prouty courses (some even complete “The Prouty Ultimate,” a two-day bike ride, 100 miles each day, routed through the scenic countryside of central New Hampshire). As Jean Brown, director of Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, says, “Each person finds meaning in their experience and a way to give back.”
In this episode, three cancer survivors who are also Prouty participants – Bob, Gary, and PJ -- join Jean and “Life After Cancer” program host Jack Heath to share their stories and talk about why they return to The Prouty year after year and what the event brings to their lives.