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


Team JoyRide

The JoyRide Cycling Studio Team is back in the saddle and excited to participate in its third CT Challenge! Seven-year cancer survivor Mitch Higgins along with co-founder Rhodie Lorenz and JoyRide trainers Mackenzie Pretty and Julianne Mulvey will lead Team JoyRide in its effort to help cancer survivors live healthier lives. Members of Team JoyRide train at the Darien and Westport studios for free during any off-peak cycle classes – 6 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and Noon, as well as during evening classes.

 

Since it first opened three years ago, JoyRide has witnessed, first-hand, how indoor cycling can change people’s outlook on exercising and overcome challenges on and off the bike. Together, as a community, riders get fit, build healthy lifestyles, and, on a local, national and global scale, affect change. JoyRide is passionate about indoor cycling, community and making a difference in people's lives.

 

“We are a group of motivated and dedicated riders who come together to translate our passion for indoor cycling to raise money and affect change,” said Rhodie Lorenz. “When you channel passion and dedication in a positive way, you can change your world!"

 

For more information, please email JoyRide at info@joyridestudio.com.

Captain: Mitch Higgins


Team K

“Team K” was our battle cry when our family went through breast cancer last year. It was a statement that we were all (family and friends) in this fight together! Team K is honored and thrilled to be participating in its first CT Challenge this year. We ride for cancer survivorship and support the CT Challenge in its mission to empower cancer survivors to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Captain: Rob Kolek


Team Leever

2014 marks the 5th year that Team Leever has participated in the CT Challenge. As always, our inspiration is the survivors we see every day who remind us that life is precious and must often be approached like the ride itself “one hill at a time.” The CT Challenge has provided an invaluable opportunity for every survivor in CT to be able to take advantage of the services necessary to move forward from the diagnosis and treatment phase, to the “rest of your life” phase.

 

At the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, our patients are offered state-of-the-art cancer care. Now, after their treatment is completed, they can participate in the Stepping Forward Survivorship Program. We provide services that address their emotional and physical needs as well as promote a healthy lifestyle with healthy cooking classes, nutrition, physical therapy, yoga, massage, energy medicine and community lecture series. Our affiliation with the LIVESTRONG program at the Waterbury YMCA enables our survivors to become more physically active; a cornerstone in survivorship.

 

We look forward to many more years of our unique partnership with CT Challenge and continue to celebrate the strides in cancer research that have made the number of cancer survivors skyrocket.

Captain: Patti Lizotte


Look No Hands with OSG

I heard Jeff Keith’s inspirational story while undergoing my first round of chemotherapy and radiation for throat cancer. I had always felt blessed by my good health and athletic ability. Everything changed with the cancer treatments. I was bed ridden for six months. I withered away to about 90 pounds. It was a slow recovery. In July 2007, less than a year after my treatments ended, I woke up early and realized the CT Challenge bike ride was that day. Impulsively, I turned to my husband and said, “I want to go on a bike ride.” “OK,” he said. “No, I mean, right now. We need to hurry because the ride starts at 8 a.m.” That was our first ride. We rode 25 miles on our clunky old mountain bikes, but it was amazing. The spirit of the day was so incredible. I had never experienced anything like it. We were hooked and eventually started “Look No Hands.” It was exciting to raise money for a mission that focused on exercise and nutrition to empower cancer survivors.

My husband Dante, an orthopedic surgeon with a big practice in Fairfield— Orthopedic Specialty Group, asked his partners to join our team. The other doctors loved the concept and we formed “Look No Hands with OSG.” Last year was our seventh year riding, our third with OSG, and we raised almost $40,000. This year, even more employees, friends and neighbors are jumping on board, joining our team to be part of such a positive and uplifting day. I will never forget the day I woke up and decided to take charge of my health to ride alongside other cancer survivors and their families.

Captain: Tracey Brittis

To donate to Team Look No Hands with OSG, click here.


Team Local Yokel Media

Team Local Yokel Media is honored to be riding in its 5th CT Challenge. Our company specializes in hyperlocal digital marketing. The CT Challenge is a core charity organization we support. Our team is honored to be riding in such a well-organized, impactful event supporting cancer survivorship. Ride on Local Yokels!

Captain: Dick O’Hare


Team MasterCard

MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry operating the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. With a headquarters in Purchase, New York, we are committed to ensuring our engagement within our local community, supporting causes and initiatives that are important not only to the organization, but also to employees. This year MasterCard is proud to have established a partnership with the CT Challenge to support their 10th annual Bike Ride as both an event sponsor, as well as building our first team of riders.


Team Navigators

Team Navigators has been participating in the CT Challenge since 2010 and was honored in 2013 to have the single rider to have raised the most funds. At Navigators, we believe that part of a corporation’s responsibility is to be a meaningful and active part of the communities in which we work and conduct business. Our employees and brokers fly in from as far away as Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and even London to share in this unique experience. Last year, one of our riders had a sister who was struggling with cancer and unfortunately lost the battle shortly after the cycling event. However, while he was in town to ride, he was able to visit his sister one last time before cycling over 100 miles. There is no member of our team that has not been affected by cancer on some scale. It is an honor not only to contribute to our community and to such a great cause, but also to have the opportunity to share the experience with other Team Navigators members.

Captain: Stan Galanski Watch Passengers (2016)