Unlike many other activities, cancer care has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, patients are seeking diagnosis and treatment for various types of cancers throughout the pandemic. That is why it’s important to push ahead with fundraising efforts to help them.
“To say that things are ‘not normal’ would be an understatement,” said Dr. Andrew Salner, medical director of the Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. “It seems like life has essentially been canceled. But, unfortunately, cancer is not and that’s why we still need the community’s support.”
Since 2010, the Cancer Institute has participated in the international fundraising event ERRACE, which stands for Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday and helps raise awareness of cancer and funds for cancer research. The event features a 5K walk/run and bike rides that stretch 25, 50 and 100 miles.
This year, ERRACE will be a virtual event and riders and walkers are urged to continue to participate on their own. Participants can complete the ride or run at their convenience by Aug. 31. Incentives are available for people completing multiple events. Special events this year include:
- Mega Ride: an adventure with 100-, 50- and 25-mile road rides, a 5K run and 10-mile mountain bike ride.
- Road Ride Challenge: biking the 100-, 50- and 25-mile rides.
- Junior Challenge: for riders under the age of 18 who complete any three events from the road or mountain bike rides and 5K.
- Team Sub 100-mile Challenge: which must be completed in four hours
The beneficiary of this year’s ERRACE is the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, nationally recognized and one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast. More than 50,000 patient visits are made annually to this Center.
To register for ERRACE, click here.
For more information on the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, click here.
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