More than 2,500 participants came together virtually between June 1 and July 11 to raise $2,800,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The funds will be used for such initiatives as pilot projects in cancer research; equipment for research laboratories and clinical trials; and patient and family support services; providing art therapy, yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness classes; and transportation and grocery assistance. All these services have been offered online since the advent of COVID-19.
”We are truly humbled by the outpouring of support our community has shown us during this global pandemic,” says Steven Leach, MD, director Norris Cotton Cancer Center. “The money raised, allows us to provide the incredible patient-centered care for which we are known. It also allows us to make a global impact on cancer research by supporting many of our dedicated researchers. We would not be able to do that without the participation of our friends and supporters near and far – it is an example of a community supporting a community in the best of ways, during the most challenging of times.”
In addition to the traditional Prouty exercises including cycling, running or walking, and golf, participants from as far away as Thailand and Alaska took part in the Virtual Prouty through activities ranging from archery, fishing, unicycling and tracking squirrels! All were encouraged to be creative while staying in family units, in their home neighborhoods.
Jean Brown, Prouty event director and executive director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, said, “This has been a challenging year in so many ways, but the support of our community for The Prouty is a true bright spot. The needs of cancer patients continue unabated, and the funds raised by the 2020 Virtual Prouty make a real difference in lives every day.”