The Closer to Free Ride family has been built over the past 10 years focused on one major message: We’re here for each other.
In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the leadership and staff of Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center deliver a familiar message to cancer patients and their families: We’re still here for you. And we will do whatever it takes to help you through this crisis.
Below is information regarding the 2020 Closer to Free Ride and the amazing work being done by our teams at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Health.
Over the past few weeks the Closer to Free Ride Team, including members of the medical staff at Yale New Haven Health and local officials in New Haven and beyond, has been closely monitoring the progression of the pandemic. It is impossible to ignore its impact on daily life and what our local and national leadership is advising in regards to social and athletic gatherings. All parties involved have contributed to the unanimous and difficult decision to convert the 2020 Closer to Free Ride into a virtual campaign and event. This is the most responsible and safe way to protect our community’s health and still raise the essential funds that the people at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center depend on.
The full details of the 2020 CTF Ride are being finalized. But rest assured, we are committed to making this year’s event both memorable and impactful - not just because it is our 10th year, but because we know how important this event and this community is to you. And we know our quest to fund cancer research and care is even more vital now.
For anyone who has already registered for the 2020 event, your registration and fundraising efforts will be rolled into our revised virtual event. While we work on re-launching the Ride program, your fundraising pages will remain open. If you have not yet registered for the 2020 Ride, we anticipate re-opening registration within a couple of weeks.
Before the end of this month, you can expect more details on our new 2020 Ride including an updated website and participant tools, revised fundraising program, information on what to expect leading up to and on Ride Day and the exciting ways in which we’re planning to keep this incredible community connected even while we’re apart.
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming weeks. We know you’ll miss so many things about the traditional Closer to Free Ride this year. But we also know that you’d want us to do what’s necessary to ensure we can all ride together in the future. As always, should you have any questions please contact us at r[email protected].
Across our 16 care centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island, amazing and life-saving work is being performed by the skilled teams at Smilow Cancer Hospital and YNHH. To help stop the spread of the virus while keeping cancer therapies moving forward for our patients, our staff has courageously taken several challenging and resource-heavy steps:
This is the crisis that our staff has been preparing for their entire lives. Every single person, from nurses to doctors to staff to maintenance and building trades, is committed to seeing our patients through. And the love, support and donations they get from the Closer to Free Ride family go a long, long way in keeping their spirits and their motivation high.
We are going to continually share stories and messages from the front lines as well as deliver your messages of support and love to those working to help our patients. Helping fight cancer in the age of Coronavirus is the ultimate Smilow Salute. And we thank you for continuing to be a part of this remarkable community.