LEBANON, NH, The Prouty – named in memory of patient Audrey Prouty – is the biggest charity challenge north of Boston. This long-standing event takes place in Hanover, New Hampshire, and raises money for groundbreaking cancer research and important patient supportive services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). Over its life of 37 years, the event has raised more than $36 million for this NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the few serving a rural population. Serving, this year, as honorary co-chairs are Greg Tsongalis, PhD, and Carin Reynolds, JD
Gregory J. Tsongalis, PhD, HCLD is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Director of the Laboratory for Clinical Genomics and Advanced Technology (CGAT) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Tsongalis’ research has focused on a biomarker discovery that can be translated into new diagnostic tests using novel technologies. This research is made possible by funds from The Prouty and has led to investigations such as miRNA analysis for cancer detection, analysis of cell free DNA in patients’ blood for gene markers of cancer, and development of nanofluidic devices for capturing cancer makers in blood samples.
“The Prouty is a premier event in the Upper Valley that builds upon our sense of community to deliver a united response in the battle against cancer, a disease that impacts all of us in one way or another. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we come together.” – Gregory J. Tsongalis, PhD
Carin Reynolds co-founded Row The Prouty and is a long-time Upper Valley rower, coach, and organizer whose intellectual property law practice funds her true passions. Carin participated in her first Prouty in 2007, with her daughter Cate, as members of the inaugural Friends of Hanover Crew Prouty team. Carin started the Friends of Upper Valley Rowing Foundation-Lebanon Crew Prouty team in 2012; since then, the team has raised over $650,000.
The Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Prouty took on new meaning for Carin late in 2011 when her daughter, Cate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The family witnessed first-hand the dedication and compassion of the staff and benefited from Prouty fundraising dollars that go toward direct patient and family support services. Following a successful course of treatment, Cate has remained cancer-free since 2012. Cate was a 2012 Prouty Hero, and although she was unable to row in the inaugural event, she participated as a coxswain motivating her crew (often by singing) throughout the grueling 20-mile row. Says, Reynolds, “I couldn’t be more committed to The Prouty or this Cancer Center – they saved my daughter’s life.”
Steven D. Leach, MD, director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, will be doing the Prouty Ultimate for the second time. “The money raised by The Prouty provides nearly 50% of our discretionary cancer center budget,” says Leach. “It makes our research and patient supportive services possible. When we reviewed the statistics for Prouty pilot projects (small grants given to fund innovative research ideas) we discovered that for every dollar invested, over time we received an average of $23 in additional funding from outside sources. That’s an incredible return on the investment our community makes in itself through The Prouty, and a testament to the creativity and high impact of our science. It is all made possible by our participants and their commitment to putting an end to cancer.”
The Prouty draws more than 4,000 participants from as many as 38 states and five foreign countries to bike (20-, 35-, 50-, 65-, 77-, or 100-mile routes); walk (3k, 5k, and 10k residential and wooded routes; scull or sweep 5, 10, 15, or 20 miles on the gorgeous Connecticut River; or golf 18 holes at the beautiful Hanover Country Club. New this year, participants can do The Prouty Xtra Mile, completing two events on Saturday. People can also participate as a Prouty Virtual (doing your Prouty event anywhere or anytime doing anything you like as long as you raise money for The Prouty!).
The Prouty Ultimate – the premier two-day, 200 mile bike ride – begins in Hanover, NH, on Friday, July 12, and cycles through the glorious Vermont countryside on Day One, and then the Prouty Century route on Day 2 (or any of the other Prouty routes including the 65-mile Gravel Metric Century route for the experienced cyclist that encompasses some gravel, hard-pack, and road riding).
Prouty Day: When done with their Prouty events, people come back to the event site (the Richmond Middle School at 63 Lyme Road, Hanover), and enjoy the all-day Prouty party. Food, live music, a chill tent, the Discover NCCC tent, and lots of fun and camaraderie are to be found all day till 4pm. The Friday night before The Prouty, participants come to the event site to check in and take part in a delicious, complimentary pasta dinner from Lui Lui served with a side of live jazz, from 5-8pm.
Eighty-nine cents of every dollar raised by The Prouty goes directly to support patient supportive services and cancer research at NCCC, one of just 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation and the only NCI-designated center north of Boston and east of Buffalo. The center significantly impacts the health of a largely rural and often underserved population, providing outstanding services to people in need.
Over the past 37 years, more than $36 million has been raised through The Prouty to support cancer research and patient supportive services.
For more information and to register, go to: http://www.TheProuty.org