More than 4,400 cyclists, walkers, rowers, and golfers raised a record-breaking $3.3 million at The 38th Annual Prouty in Hanover, the largest charity challenge north of Boston. Each year on the second weekend in July, people from all over the country join together to raise money for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The money raised is used for projects in cancer research, equipment for research labs and patient and family supportive service.
The Prouty offers activities for elite and beginner athletes alike from trails suitable for recent cancer survivors to trails for intermediate-level hikers, and routes for every level in between. This year cyclists also rode the two-day, 200-mile Prouty Ultimate route through VT and NH beginning on Friday; rowers, walkers and golfers all completed their events on Saturday. At the end of their event, many participants stopped to fasten yellow ribbons to the fence at the finish line, each bearing names and messages to loved ones who had fought or died from cancer.
“I’ve never experienced anything like The Prouty before coming here as director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center,” said Steven Leach, MD. “The community spirit at this momentous event, where friends and neighbors come together to support cancer research and patient and family support services, allows us to provide big city comprehensive cancer care in our beautiful rural environment.”
Jean Brown, executive director of the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center said. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. The Prouty is a way to challenge yourself physically and feel good about actually doing something about cancer.”