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The Closer to Free Ride is first-and-foremost a fundraising event. The dollars our participants raise will provide essential support for the world-class research and patient care at New England’s most comprehensive cancer center, Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

To support our fundraising goals, all In-Person Riders commit to a fundraising minimum - $500 for adults and $250 for students/youth. Whether you've never fundraised before or you’re a seasoned pro - we know you can do this and we’re here to help.

100% of your fundraising makes an impact.

We’re proud to say that 100% of the money raised by our Riders and Volunteers goes directly to Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. You can feel confident asking for support from friends and family as every dollar they donate will go directly to patient care and research.

Fundraising Tools, App and More!

We’ve got all the tools you need to fundraise and they’re ready for you from the moment you register:

  • A fully customizable online fundraising page (or ready to go with our pre-set content!)
  • Participant Dashboard- complete with ready-to-use emails and social tools to help you gather donations, meet your fundraising goals, create fundraising incentives and milestones, or manage a team.
  • The Closer to Free Ride App sponsored by Haynes - a great way to fundraise on the go as well as to track your activity as you train and prepare for the ride.
  • Our Closer to Free Ride Rewards are designed to inspire you and help you receive some great benefits in return. Check out our reward levels and see how you can earn a complete set of CTF gear!

2023 Fundraising Guide

Whether you’re a veteran CTF fundraiser or a first-timer, we’re here to help. Check out our comprehensive Fundraising Guide to get started or refresh your approach.

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2023 CTF Lawn Sign

Show your CTF Ride Pride with our 2023 lawn sign! Free to all participants, lawn signs may be picked up at Cohen's Bagels, Smilow Cancer Hospital Boutique, Zane’s Cycles and New England Brewing Company Tap Room. More information about pickup times and locations can be found here. For those who can't pick up a sign, a digital version can be downloaded below! 

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CTF Bingo

The Closer to Free Bingo boards are back! With both lower and higher donation board options, you can challenge your friends to help you fill your board one donation at a time on your social media. Include your fundraising link at the bottom of the board to make it easy for donors.

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2023 Hope Rides With Me Poster

Download the “Hope Rides With Me” poster for printing and sharing during your training or as you prepare for the Ride. Show the world that Hope Rides With You by using #CTFRide and #HopeRidesWithUs

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