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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 Riders commit to a fundraising minimum - $250 for adults and $100 for youth. Whether you've never fundraised before or this is your tenth time - we know you can do this and we’re here to help.

Fundraising Basics:

We want to make sure you know that 100% of the money you raise 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.

All the tools you need to fundraise are ready for you from the moment you register. You’ll receive:

  • An online fundraising page (set up for you the minute you register!).
  • Participant Dashboard full complete with ready-to-use emails and social tools to help you gather donations, meet your fundraising goals or manage a team.
  • The Closer to Free Ride App - 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!

2021 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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  Resources and More:

In addition to your Participant Dashboard and your online fundraising page we’ve got sample fundraising letters, a smartphone app, downloadable donation forms, and a full set of fundraising tips ready for your use. Find them now by logging into your Participant Dashboard and checking out our Resources section.