My Dad and I rode for the first time in 2010 in honor of my brother, Mike Smith. Mike was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Burkitt’s Lymphoma in 2008. After three months of treatment, he was cancer free! My family and I had cheered Mike on in the 2009 CT Challenge. That’s what inspired us to ride the next year. After our ride in 2010, we were further inspired to partner with the Tommy Fund at Yale New Haven Hospital. We ride to honor our loved ones who have battled the disease and who have become our heroes! In 2011, we created Team Tommy Fund and in our first year we raised over $3,000 for the Tommy Fund. In the three years that Team Tommy Fund has been a part of the CT Challenge, we have raised over $10,000 for the Tommy Fund which benefits the families in the pediatric oncology section of Yale New Haven Hospital. With this money, pediatric oncology patients and their families are given financial assistance and are provided with support groups. It also helps fund programs throughout the oncology center. This year, we hope to raise more than $8,000 for the Tommy Fund and grow our team of riders for the 2014 CT Challenge! Captain: Caitlin Smith Movie Rings (2017)