HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Organizers of New Hampshire's annual Prouty fundraiser for cancer research and treatment have set a $2.75 million goal for this year's two-day event.
The Prouty, which takes place July 12 and 13 in Hanover, has raised more than $17 million in the past 31 years.
It features 100- and 200-mile bike races, multiple walk routes and rowing events on the Connecticut River. This year, golf at the Hanover Country Club is among the events.
The Prouty was started in 1982 by four nurses to honor a patient, Audrey Prouty, who died that year of ovarian cancer. The nurses raised $4,000 in pledges by biking across the White Mountains and started a New Hampshire tradition.
The event typically attracts 5,000 participants and 1,000 volunteers. Participants must meet fundraising minimums of $150 per adult, $50 per child and $275 per family. Some participants are sponsored; others seek donations from friends, family and co-workers.
Last year's Prouty raised $2.6 million for cancer research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
Two of the three surviving nurses who founded the Prouty in 1982 will be participating this year. Cindy Spicer, now a nurse in Littleton, and Heather Klassen, a nurse overseas, will ride in the event. For Klassen, it will be her first Prouty in 30 years.
Another founder, Patty Carney, is a researcher at Oregon Health and Science University. She said Prouty inspired her to get her doctorate degree.
"Everyone knows an Audrey Prouty," Carney said. "Everyone knows someone whose battle with cancer makes you want to do something to honor them and to help in the fight against cancer."