More than 2,500 participants came together virtually between June 1 and July 11 to raise $2,800,000 for Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The funds raised provide funding for important initiatives such as pilot projects in cancer research; equipment for research laboratories and clinical trials; and patient and family supportive services providing arts therapy, yoga, tai chi and mindfulness classes, and transportation and grocery assistance. All these services have been offered on-line since the advent of COVID-19.
”We are truly humbled by the outpouring of support our community has shown us during this global pandemic” says Steven Leach, MD, director Norris Cotton Cancer Center. “The money raised, allows us to provide the incredible patient-centered care for which we are known. It also allows us to make a global impact on cancer research by supporting many of our dedicated researchers. We would not be able to do that without the participation of our friends and supporters near and far – it is an example of a community supporting a community in the best of ways, during the most challenging of times.”
In addition to the traditional Prouty exercises including cycling, running or walking, and golf, participants from as far away as Thailand and Alaska took part in the Virtual Prouty through activities ranging from archery, fishing, unicycling and tracking squirrels! All were encouraged to be creative while staying in family units, in their home neighborhoods.
Jean Brown, Prouty event director and Executive Director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, notes, “This has been a challenging year in so many ways, but the support of our community for The Prouty is a true bright spot. The needs of cancer patients continue unabated, and the funds raised by the 2020 Virtual Prouty make a real difference in lives every day.”
About Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Norris Cotton Cancer Center, located on the campus of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, NH with the highest level of high-quality, innovative, personalized, and compassionate patient-centered cancer care at DHMC, as well as at regional, multi-disciplinary locations and partner hospitals throughout NH and VT,. NCCC is one of only 51 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious “Comprehensive Cancer Center” designation, the result of an outstanding collaboration between DHMC, New Hampshire’s only academic medical center, and Dartmouth College. Now entering its fifth decade, NCCC remains committed to excellence, outreach and education, and strives to prevent and cure cancer, enhance survivorship and to promote cancer health equity through its pioneering interdisciplinary research. Each year the NCCC schedules 61,000 appointments seeing nearly 4,000 newly diagnosed patients, and currently offers its patients more than 100 active clinical trials.