What is The Prouty?
The Prouty represents the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s largest annual fundraiser. The signature event is organized by the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, a group wholly devoted to raising funds to support innovative cancer research and important patient services for the Cancer Center. Each summer, individuals and teams raise money and participate in one of four athletic events—walking, cycling, rowing and golfing—on carefully planned courses of varying length and difficulty throughout Hanover and the Upper Valley region. Events range from a 3K walk to The Prouty Ultimate: a two-day, 200-mile scenic cycling route that spans several towns across New Hampshire and into Vermont. Routes begin and end at The Prouty home base at Richmond Middle School in Hanover. The athletic field is transformed into a lively festival of food, fun, education and discovery, and the iconic balloon arch finish line, framed by spirited volunteers cheering on the athletes as they cross. Participants include cancer survivors, supporters, friends, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth College staff and students, families, visitors, and even dogs! The Prouty is a fun and enthusiastic event that encompasses strong community spirit for an important cause.
The Prouty then and now
Audrey Prouty lost her nine-year battle with ovarian cancer in August 1982. Four of her nurses—Patty Carney, Cindy Spicer, Heather (Adams) Klassen and Catherine (Hallisey) Shannon—inspired by her courage, committed to cycling 100 miles through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to raise money and awareness for cancer research. That first ride in 1982 raised $4,000.
Today, The Prouty attracts more than 4,000 participants, 1,200 volunteers and 150 corporate sponsors. In 2016, the 35th Annual Prouty raised more than $3.1 million for cancer research and patient support services, bringing the amount raised over the life of the event to more than $30 million. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar goes to support cancer research and patient services at the Cancer Center.
Where the money goes
All donations raised through The Prouty will be used by the director of the Cancer Center to advance cancer research, improve cancer treatment protocols, develop strategies for cancer prevention, pro¬vide supportive services for patients with cancer and their families, and facilitate otherwise unfunded endeavors in cancer research, education and translation of research from science to patients.
Norris Cotton Cancer Center has moved the needle forward in the fight against cancer with philanthropic support. Every aspect of research is made possible, in part, by The Prouty.
The 36th annual Prouty will take place on July 7-8, 2017. To participate in a Prouty event, form a team, volunteer or donate to the fundraising efforts, please visit theprouty.org.