Center for Survivorship
A Place Where Healing Happens
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BMW of Bridgeport’s biggest fundraising cause helps cancer survivors to thrive.
2013 marks the 9th year of the CT Challenge Bike Ride, an event that provides major funding for CT Challenge, an organization dedicated to the well being of cancer survivors. Last October, thanks to a concerted effort by BMW of Bridgeport, other major sponsors, and individual donors to raise funds, one of the organization’s primary goals was realized: the Center for Survivorship in Southport opened its doors. As the first stand alone center for cancer survivors in the nation that focuses on providing them with the tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition, it is a place where CT Challenge’s mission can be fully implemented.
Winning over one of the biggest possible health challenges someone can face requires much more than great doctors and treatments. When a cancer survivor has beaten the odds and overcome the disease, another obstacle remains.
Says Tamara Deyle, program director at the Center, “After treatment ends, cancer survivors often feel alone and lost as to what to do next. They have just been through a life changing event without a road map to follow.”
“The Center for Survivorship is that road map,” adds Deyle. “It provides survivors the hope and motivation through our programming to get their strength back and focus on taking charge of their lives. The community that is developing here is very special; the support that survivors discover through one another cannot be taught. Our center is growing organically, and cannot be found anywhere else.”
Here’s a photo of the new Southport center and some of its participants:
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According to Deyle, since it opened, the facility has already had more than 3400 unique visits for its health and nutrition programs. Overall, with programs that span the state, CT Challenge has served tens of thousands of cancer survivors.
BMW of Bridgeport, a major sponsor of the CT Challenge Bike Ride, last year had 67 participants and raised more than $61,000. This year, the dealership has upped its goal for the July 26-27 event to 100 riders and $100,000. Registered participants can ride from 10 to more than 100 miles over the two days. Members of Team BMW will get contributions to their individual fundraising from the dealership, as well as handsome, newly designed shirts for the 2013 effort. For more information, visit BMW's page. »
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