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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 fully complete with ready-to-use emails and social tools to help you gather donations, meet your fundraising goals or manage a team.
  • The new 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!

2022 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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