5th Annual Closer to Free Ride

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Thousands took off from New Haven this morning for the 5th Annual Closer to Free Ride.

“This is amazing. This is our fifth year and frankly our best year,” said Exec. Dir. of Smilow Cancer Hospital.

He says about 1,500 riders came out this morning and 100 percent of the money raised stays right here.

“Research, clinical trials which is an important part of cancer therapy,” said Lopman.

He also says it goes to help those families impacted like Kathy Regan-Pyne and her twin sister Beth Regan.

“A few months ago our sister Joanne was diagnosed with a form of Lymphoma,” said Regan-Pyne.

They tackled 25 miles each to join the fight and also celebrate the news the family just received Thursday.

“We found out that Joanne’s tumor is gone, they got it. She is cancer free and we couldn’t be happier.”

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