In March 2017, the CT Sports Foundation began a new initiative to expand the Cycle Against Cancer to multiple locations! We kicked off our effort with four gyms hosting the event in seven days! On March 18, Iron House Fitness in Old Saybrook and New York Sports Club in West Hartford held the Cycle Against Cancer from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Led by an experienced and enthusiastic Steering Committee, Iron House Fitness raised over $61,000 to help cancer patients in CT! Our Iron House Ambassador, Chloe, was there and had a ball playing with 2015 Ambassador, Liv.
On the same day, first time Cycle Against Cancer host New York Sports Club raised almost $18,000 – a great result for their first year! The NYSC Ambassador, 12 year-old Allison, stopped by with her mom to greet the riders – when she entered the room, everybody cheered!
The very next day, Zen and Now Wellness Center in Niantic stepped up to the plate, hosting their second Cycle Against Cancer and raising over $27,000! The Ambassador for this CAC was four-year old Molly, whose story was especially powerful since her mom, Ashley, is also fighting cancer. Molly and her little friends had a blast dancing to the music while the group spun their hearts out.
On Saturday, March 25, it was UP Fitness’s turn. UP Fitness was another newbie to the Cycle Against Cancer, but they came roaring into the event, raising close to $30,000 for cancer patients in CT, especially the Ambassador, Marik, who is battling bone cancer for the second time. Kelli Tucker, Marik’s mom, gave an emotional thank you that was both heartwarming and touching.
At every location, the Cycle Against Cancer was uplifting and inspiring. Together, these four events raised over $135,000 for cancer patients in CT! We are deeply grateful to everyone who participated in the Cycle Against Cancer events – the CT Sports Foundation has a small staff and we could not do the work that we do and help as many patients as we help without people like you!
We would especially like to thank our gym hosts, Steering Committees, and top fundraisers for their commitment to this cause!
CYCLE AGAINST CANCER IRON HOUSE FITNESS
Gym Host: Iron House Fitness
Gym Owners: Kati Papoosha & Joe Fay
Ruthann Rothman, co-Chairperson
Lisa Blank, co-Chairperson
Mary Kate Marshall, intern
Kylie Papoosha, intern
Rosie Rothman, intern
Top Company Team: Pasta Vita
Top Team: Barb’s Angels
1st Place Individual Fundraiser: Michael Souza
2nd Place Individual Fundraiser: Ruthanne Rothman
3rd Place Individual Fundraiser: Tony Savinelli
CYCLE AGAINST CANCER NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB
Gym Host: New York Sports Club
Gym Manager: Brisvely Garcia
Cristina Dos Santos
Top Team: Trouble with Tribbles
1st Place Individual Fundraiser: Marjie Eickel
2nd Place Individual Fundraiser: Ann Ragan
3rd Place Individual Fundraiser: Lisa Tilum
CYCLE AGAINST CANCER ZEN AND NOW
Gym Host: Zen and Now Wellness Studio
Gym Owner: Lisa Bragaw
Stacey Sankow, Chairperson
Top Team: Pools Etc. for Molly
1st Place Individual Fundraiser: Jackie Haffey
2nd Place Individual Fundraiser: Rob Goodwin
3rd Place Individual Fundraiser: Joe Bragaw
CYCLE AGAINST CANCER UP FITNESS
Gym Host: UP Fitness
Gym Owner & Manager: Gary Upton & Meagan Seacor
David Gudbrandsen, Chairperson
Hannah Daitch, intern
Top Team: Jedi Sky Pedalers
1st Place Individual Fundraiser: Jen Murray
2nd Place Individual Fundraiser: Hannah Daitch
3rd Place Individual Fundraiser: Terri Eickel