Bethie’s Buddies

When you are lucky enough to have a friend like Beth Davis in your life, you celebrate it, even if the time together gets cut short …maybe especially if the time together gets cut short. Beth passed away on May 31, 2014 after a courageous, miraculous fight against cancer. Diagnosed in 1999 with breast cancer, she did not let it stop her. Not for one single day.

Her ability to live in the moment …on her terms – joyfully, positively, hopefully, passionately – was a lesson for us all. It is what the CT Challenge programs are all about and it is a daily checkpoint of how to live this precious life we have, a reminder of what surviving this terrible disease is all about – for all who fight it, especially those left to carry on.

So this ride is for Beth, to keep her name with us, to keep her spirit with us, in support of cancer survivors and all who need the kind of approach to life she embodied. 

Cindi Bigelow

If you would like to donate to Bethie's Buddies, please click here. 

Team BMW of Bridgeport

Join Team BMW of Bridgeport ...New Fundraising Incentives for 2018!

We are a diverse team made up of employees, customers, family and friends, yet our mission is the same: support cancer survivorship. Each of us rides in honor of loved ones battling this disease or in memory of ones who lost the fight. A sponsor of the CT Challenge from the beginning, we are proud to be a part of such a great organization and cause. As in years past, we will donate $150 to every 50-, 75- and 100-mile rider and $100 to every 10- and 25-mile rider to jumpstart your fundraising. This team is open to all riders. 

New fundraising incentives for 2018: 

  • Fundraise $800 and get a BMW Travel Mug
  • Fundraise $1,200 and get a BMW Spiral Lock
  • Fundraise $1,600 and get a BMW Athletics Performance Sports Bag
  • Fundraise $2,000 and get a BMW Watch (choose from many)
  • Fundraise $3,000 and get a BMW for the Weekend (from Friday through Monday)
  • OR, be the biggest fundraiser on the team and win a BMW Cruise Bike valued at $1,050!

Team Captain: Mitch McManus

Team Camp Rising Sun

Camp Rising Sun provides a free week of fun for any child 5-17 who has had cancer. Staffed solely by volunteers and funded solely by donations, kids spend a week swimming, rock wall climbing, creating arts and crafts, and doing all the fun things a kid should do in a safe environment. Camp Rising Sun has grown from 8 campers in its first year to now over 110 annually. 2014 marks the 31st anniversary of Camp Rising Sun. We are honored and thrilled to be participating in the CT Challenge for the second year in a row. By riding in the CT Challenge, we will insure the continued success of Camp Rising Sun. We will also be supporting our campers throughout their lives in a healthy lifestyle through the many programs and services that the CT Challenge provides. Camp Rising Sun: a place where kids with cancer have fun!

Captain: Scott Capozza

Team Cookie

Team Charged has ridden for the past five years, making it to the top 20 fundraisers last year. This year, we decided to change the name to Team Cookie to honor my mother-in-law, "Cookie" aka Lucy Roberts, who learned last September that she has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Cookie has chosen to fight this disease and continues to enjoy each day with her family and friends. She is an inspiration to all of us as she took a very difficult situation and has made the best of it. Team Cookie is made up of friends and family that have all had cancer touch their lives. We ride for all the cancer survivors and for the Center in honor of Cookie.

Captain: Gean Tremaine

Flock of Cycles

I rode solo in my first CT Challenge. The personal accomplishments of training, the pre-ride ceremony, riding along with survivors, the signs along the route such as, "Someone You Don't Know Thinks You Are A Hero," …all of it was so uplifting. How could I not share it with my friends? Building a team was a natural progression. The name Flock of Cycles seemed a great fit. That, plus a little blind faith in my descriptions of that first year's experience, became a team of 36 riders. For many people, asking for donations can be hard. On several occasions, the team discussed strategies for the most effective ways to fundraise for the ride. As more people learned about the organization and our mission, we found raising funds became easier, and recruiting new riders became part of the process as well. Most of our team members were donors who now raise multiples of what they originally donated. Each member understands what they have helped build by participating in the Ride. We are proud to show off the Center for Survivorship to our families and friends, and we get satisfaction from supporting the programs that help cancer survivors live healthier lives.

Captain: Jon Slavin

Frank’s Flyers

On May 11, 2010 our lives changed forever. My husband, Frank, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer. I knew he would be gone within two years. What do you do when you know you will lose someone you love? We could not change our reality only how we responded to it. And so our journey began. We weathered our up and downhill battles with the endless support of our amazing family and friends to whom we are eternally grateful. Overall, Frank did well and we enjoyed our family time and traveled when we could.


In 2011, we participated in our first CT Challenge as a way of fighting back at cancer. What an amazing experience. Frank was so happy that he rode that day. We were now totally dedicated to the CT Challenge.


Sadly, we lost Frank in November 2011 after 18 courageous months. Seven months after Frank passed, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I gain strength and inspiration from the instructors and other survivors participating in the classes and activities offered. My life changed yet again, but in a positive way as a result of the Center for Survivorship.


This is our sixth year participating in the CT Challenge.

Captain: Lisa Caramico

Team Garnett/Flatow for the Susan Fund

Join us in supporting the CT Challenge! The funds raised will help provide important resources for cancer survivors. We will again be riding in the CT Challenge Ride on July 25th. By supporting our efforts, together we will help cancer survivors of all ages in so many ways - from summer camp for children to college for teenagers and confidence-building adventure trips for young adults to programs in exercise and nutrition for all ages at the groundbreaking Center for Survivorship.

This year we will be dedicating our ride to both survivors and those who fought the fight and lost. One such survivor is our team member Matthew, a 35-year survivor, and his Mother Dona, a one-year survivor who will be volunteering to support all the riders. In addition, we will be riding for our golfing buddy and good friend Joel Pelzner and Pat Lieppe, a friend of Peter’s.  Another golfing buddy and friend, Peter Truebner, lost his battle this past year but his spirit will be with us. Sue Flatow Savage will always be with us in spirit.

We hope you will support our efforts by making a secure online donation by clicking on the link below or by printing out this donor form and sending it in with a check. Thank you so much. Together, we're changing lives.

Co-Captains: Alexander Garnett and Matt Garnett

Click here to donate to Team Garnett/Flatow for the Susan Fund.

Health and Wellness Junkies

Our adventure began three years ago with our first CT Challenge ride. Each year, we have had different team members but all doing it for the same cause. Our reasons may differ slightly but not by much. We have each been affected by cancer, whether directly or indirectly. This year we again ride for ourselves, our families and friends, and all those who are affected. We ride with the names of every person we know who has been touched by cancer. We ride together, to laugh, to encourage, to live.

Peace, Love and Lots of Kale, Your Health and Wellness Junkies

Captain: Aimee Elsner