Yale Cancer Center Partners with "Bike Across America: The Connecticut Challenge"

Yale Cancer Center Director, Richard L. Edelson, M.D., is pleased to announce a partnership with Bike Across America for the “Connecticut Challenge,” a non–competitive bike ride to raise money to support cancer survivorship initiatives at Yale. Taking place on August 28, the proceeds from the event will directly support the establishment of Connecticut’s first Adult Survivorship Clinic.

“The generosity and energy of the leadership and volunteers from Bike Across America in their goal to support cancer survivors in the state of Connecticut will result in progressive care for this increasing population. We are delighted that Bike Across America has chosen to contribute to the high–quality care provided at Yale Cancer Center,” said Edelson.

The leadership of Bike Across America has allocated the proceeds from the event to establish the Connecticut Challenge Adult Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center to address the needs of cancer survivors. The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2000 there were nearly 10 million cancer survivors in the United States. The new clinic will provide screening for long–term consequences resulting from cancer treatment and information to help survivors minimize or avoid future health concerns.

“Bike Across America recognizes the fight cancer patients face during and after treatment and is committed to helping them win their battle. We hope our efforts will challenge all Connecticut residents to support clinical and research initiatives at Yale Cancer Center,” said Jeff Keith, executive director of Bike Across America.

Riders can register for the 25, 50, or 100 mile bike ride by visiting the Connecticut Challenge website at www.ctchallenge.org. Volunteers for the event are also needed. Donations can be made online or mailed to the Connecticut Challenge, PO Box 566, Southport, CT 06890 (Checks payable to BAA/CT Challenge).

About Bike Across America
Bike Across America is a non–profit organization committed to raising funds to support programs and research benefiting cancer patients and survivors. The Connecticut Challenge, which is expected to register between 225–250 riders and raise over $300,000, is the group’s inaugural event.

About Yale Cancer Center
Established in 1974, Yale Cancer Center was one of the first university–based comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. Today, it is one of a select network of only 39 in the United States, and the only one in Southern New England. Bringing together the resources of Yale–New Haven Hospital and the Yale University School of Medicine, its mission encompasses patient care, research, cancer prevention and control, community outreach, and education. Please go to http://www.yalecancercenter.org for more information on the Cancer Center.

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