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

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