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Partnering together for better access to cancer care:Smilow Cancer Hospital and Saint Francis Care

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Closer to Free Ride



What is Closer to Free?

At Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center, no one faces cancer alone. Together, we believe that through science, compassion and the sheer belief in what is possible, the world is becoming closer to free. This vision started with the openinging of Smilow in 2009 and has since grown to a movement of patients, survivors, families, loved ones, researchers, employees and others who celebrate the life and passion in each one of us to live life our way.

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The Closer to Free Fund provides essential support for cancer research and patient care. Your donations are critical to ensure that new research can be pursued without delay, promising treatments are aggressively developed and patient care is continuously enhanced. Please join our united efforts to achieve a new standard for cancer research and treatments. There are many opportunities for members of the community, cancer survivors, and those passionate about cancer research and patient care to become involved in the efforts of Closer to Free and to support our mission. Give Now >


Be part of the inspiring ride that makes a big impact

From the Opening Ceremony to the triumphant finish line festival, participants will be amazed at every turn. Cyclists have the option of riding 25, 62.5 or 100 miles as they ride alongside cancer survivors, and those riding in honor of someone they've lost. One hundred percent of the funds raised by riders and volunteers go directly to patient care and advanced research. Our community is passionate about fighting cancer, and you'll be a part of it from the moment you register. If pedaling isn't your thing, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you to lend a hand!Join Us ( >