On Thursday, UConn Huskies Coach Jim Calhoun announced that the 2012 NBC Connecticut Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk in Simsbury will be dedicated to RuthAnn Lobo for her courageous fight against cancer.
Lobo, who lived in Simsbury, died last July at age 67 after a 17-year battle with cancer. Throughout those years she was a strong advocate for cancer awareness and a role model for many.
“RuthAnn Lobo set an example that is an inspiration to so many fighting the scourge of cancer. It is my hope that everyone walking or riding on June 9th will carry her fighting spirit forward so that we may defeat cancer once and for all”, said Coach Calhoun.
The Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk is in its sixth year. The funds raised from the event will benefit the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center and Coaches vs. Cancer.
The event has raised over $1.5 million – with more than 90 percent of those funds going to the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The event, which will be held on June 9, starts and finishes in Simsbury with bike rides of 10, 25, 50 and 75 miles and a 5K walk or run.
Participants can pre-register for the event for $20 until May 1. After May 1 it will cost $30 to pre-register and online registration will be available until June 8 at 12 p.m.
To learn more or to register, please visit www.calhounride.com or call 860-674-1500.