Cancer Challenge to Honor RuthAnn Lobo

Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun announced Wednesday that the 2012 Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk will be dedicated to RuthAnn Lobo, mother of Rebecca Lobo, for her courageous fight against cancer.

Here's the complete press release:

Hartford, CT: Coach Jim Calhoun announced today that the 2012 Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk will be dedicated to RuthAnn Lobo, mother of Rebecca Lobo, for her courageous fight against cancer. RuthAnn died in July 2011 at age 67 after a 17 year battle with the disease. 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 dollars raised from the event go to benefit the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center and Coaches vs. Cancer. To date the event has raised over $1.5 million – with more than 90% of those dollars going to the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The event starts and finishes in Simsbury, Connecticut with bike rides of 10, 25, 50 and 75 miles and a 5K walk. While the 10, 25 and 50 mile rides are suitable for riders of all levels – the 75 mile ride is considered to be the toughest ride in Connecticut. There will also be great food and live music as well. The public is welcome.

To learn more or to register, please visit www.calhounride.com or call 860-674-1500.


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