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


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

2016 Celebrity Dinner & Memorabilia Auction

The 29th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction lived up to the expectations where more than 700 guests attended the much anticipated annual event to support the CSF mission: to financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families and fund cancer research.

Master of Ceremonies, Mike Francesa from WFAN brought his alluring sports talk to the Sports Program where he brought back unforgettable baseball memories from Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, former NYY Bernie Williams, current NYY second baseman Starlin Castro, former NYYs John Wetteland and Roy White.   We were entertained by Braiden Sunshine from “2015 The Voice” and listened to families’ stories of courage, grace and humor in the face of difficulty, and love and support amidst struggle.  A tribute to honor Yogi Berra, a long-time CSF supporter, was given by John Ellis and Dave Winfield and to memorialize the occasion, a painting by renowned New Orleans’s artist Frenchy was presented to the Berra Family to be placed in the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

As always, the venue was spectacular with incredible foods, desserts and beverages provided by Mohegan Sun. 

With greatest appreciation to our generous sponsors, sports stars, volunteers and all those supporting the 2016 Celebrity Dinner to make it a success!

See you next year on Friday, February 5, 2017!  J


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