OUR MISSION:  To financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families and to fund cancer research. 


2016 m.e.l.t.-a-thon Against Cancer

The 2nd m.e.l.t.-a-thon Against Cancer was held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Center Springs Park in Manchester. On a beautiful spring morning, over 125 m.e.l.t.ers came together for a great workout and a terrific cause – raising money to help cancer patients in Connecticut!  Together, they raised over $37,500, which will be used to provide financial aid for CT cancer patients, especially the event’s Ambassador, Daniel Therriault.  Dan was diagnosed with bone cancer in February and by the m.e.l.t.-a-thon, he had had surgery to replace his knee and his upper thigh bone, as well as several rounds of chemo.  The m.e.l.t.-a-thon Against Cancer will help Dan and many other cancer patients in CT.

The day was almost impossibly beautiful and the m.e.l.t. team, led by owner and creator, Joe Carabase, built an obstacle course that was both fun and challenging with stations like the tire flip, sled push, and the sandbag lunge.  And of course, there was a station with burpees! 

At the start of the event, Dan’s father, Howie Therriault, who was visibly moved by the support, gave an emotional thank you. Dave Carmody was our top fundraiser, followed by Terri Eickel in second place, and Jennah Clatterbuck in third place.  Jennah led her team to the top fundraiser prize, as well – Team WH raised almost $4,000!  Thank you so much to all of you for your leadership in making this event a success!

All along the course, m.e.l.t. instructors Aaron Granahan, Zack Nagle, Ashton Sills, Kelly Gilhooley, Jessica Hussey, Mike Hickey, Mike McClain, Leighann Clark, Kena Perry, Barb Bartlett, Mary Ransom, Brittany Schon, Shannon Michaels, Connor Clark, and Joe Carabase cheered participants on, inspiring them to give their all and be their best.  People completed the m.e.l.t.-a-thon course, sweaty but smiling, and refueled at the Panera Bread tent, where Panera was providing free refreshments for the event.

It is always inspiring when a group of good-hearted people come together to help others and the m.e.l.t.-a-thon Against Cancer was no exception.  On behalf of our Steering Committee, we would like to issue a huge thank you to all team captains and m.e.l.t.ers – without you, we couldn’t help all the CT cancer patients that we assist each year. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, including m.e.l.t gym, Northeast Contractors, Inc, New England Liner Systems, Panera Bread, United Steel, Community Cancer Care, ENCON, Massey’s Plate Glass & Aluminum, D’Amato Construction, First Hartford Realty Corp, Metro Realty Corp, Mechanical Plumbing and Heating, Landmark Café, and Highland Park Market. 

2016 Cycle Against Cancer at Tribe

On October 22, 2016, the ultra-popular spin studio in the heart of West Hartford Center, Tribe, hosted the Cycle Against Cancer to support cancer patients and their families in Connecticut. If you haven’t been to Tribe yet, it’s time to check it out! With 37 spin bikes and amazing instructors, every class leaves you exhilarated and feeling fit. On October 22, over 65 spinners joined forces to raise over $18,000 for cancer patients in Connecticut, especially Michael, a brave toddler fighting brain cancer. As the Ambassador for the Cycle Against Cancer, Michael and his mother were eligible for a much larger grant that CSF can typically provide. We were lucky to have Michael join us, too – everyone was excited to meet our cute little warrior! At the start of the event, Michael’s mom, Ariel, gave an emotional welcome and thank you to the spinners. Then Tribe manager and spin instructor extraordinaire Janelle Pentlicki took over, leading the spinners in a heart-pumping, fun workout!


  • Janelle Pentlick
  • Bre Parasiliti
  • Angelo Simoni
  • Monika Chudy
  • Terri Eickel
  • Lindsay Preston


  • Adam Cooper
  • Angelo Simoni
  • Yuberki Delgadillo
  • Jaimie Crumley
  • Marino Green
  • Janelle Pentlicki
  • Christine Looby
  • Mindy Shilansky


Top Team: Eastern Warriors
1st Place Individual: Angelo Simoni
2nd Place Individual: Tony Rodriguez
3rd Place Individual: Mindy Shilansky

Thank you to everyone who participated or supported this event – you truly are making a difference in the lives of cancer patients in Connecticut. Last year, we provided almost $450,000 in financial assistance, but we couldn’t do it without our spinners, sponsors, and donors, so THANK YOU!

2016 Cycle Against Cancer - Iron House

The 2016 Cycle Against Cancer was held on March 19, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Iron House Fitness. Over 140 spinners joined us that day, united by their desire to help cancer patients in CT, and together, they raised over $62,000! The leadership team at Iron House was fantastic – Joe Fay, Kati Papoosha, and Kim Knapp helped us put together an awesome event that was a great workout for a terrific cause.

At 9:00 AM, we heard a moving thank you from Kara Levitsky, the mother of our little Ambassador, 5 year-old Brynn, who is fighting leukemia for the third time. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Kara, visibly moved, thanked everyone for their support from the bottom of her heart. Executive Director, Jane Ellis, congratulated our top fundraisers for their incredible efforts and dedication to helping people who are fighting cancer. Mike Souza was named top fundraiser, Timothy Hemhauser came in second place followed by Stacey Doyle in third place – Congratulations and huge thank yous to everyone for their incredible leadership! Jane Ellis also named our Top Team as Funkin’ Ride, led by Heather Theriault, and our Top Company Team as Pasta Vita, led by Ghiomara Morales. These two incredible teams were crucial to the success of the 2016 Cycle Against Cancer.

After our short round of speeches, it was back to spinning and one after the other, our amazing instructors led classes that were both challenging and fun and got the blood pumping! Kicking off the festivities was Tony Savinelli, who led an invigorating class that grooved, followed by our other fantastic instructors – Krista Danko, Kati Papoosha, Mike Souza, Nichole Boucino, Heather Theriault, Mark Fullerton, Steve Dare, Breck Lindley, and Lisa Simiola, who all crushed it! All day long, the sounds of laughter and celebration filled the air as our instructors challenged our spinners to push themselves just a little farther.

It was truly amazing to see the whole community come together with such good will and great spirit to help CT cancer patients in need. On behalf of our Steering Committee, we want to issue a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, team captains, and spinners – we could not carry out our mission without you. Thank you for all that you do to help cancer patients in Connecticut and we will SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! J

CAC Steering Committee:  Heather Theriault, Chair, Brittney Blye, Stacey Doyle, Terri Eickel, Jane Ellis, Paige Evans, Ruthanne Rothman, Shaina Wakefield

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