Where the Money Goes

"All of us at the Cancer Center are extremely grateful for the ongoing support received from people across the country. Our Cancer Center researchers, doctors, nurses, and staff play a critical role in improving health across our region, and our Cancer Center is among the select group that the National Cancer Institute designates as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, meaning that it achieves across the board excellence in cancer treatment, research, prevention, and education.

It is our commitment to you that all donations raised through The Friends will be used under my direction to advance cancer research, improve cancer treatment protocols, develop strategies for cancer prevention, provide supportive services for patients with cancer and their families, and facilitate otherwise unfunded endeavors in cancer research, education, and translation of research from science to patients."

-- Steven Leach, MD, Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center


Cancer Research

The philanthropic dollars raised by The Ribbon Ride support the cancer center in many ways. They contribute to the Pilot Project Awards program, where creative investigators with new ideas are given seed money, allowing them time and resources to test those ideas. This enables investigators to develop data that will become the basis for competitive research applications for federal or other national funding to support their research. Additionally, money raised pays for state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, support for clinical trials, and helps to recruit the best and brightest research scientists.

For more information about the current research happening at the Cancer Center, please visit www.cancer.dartmouth.edu



Patient Supportive Services

Money raised also makes possible patient supportive services that are otherwise unfunded. These services range from classes in nutrition, yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi to therapies including massage, creative writing, art, music, and Reiki. Additionally, funds help provide transportation and grocery assistance to those in need. All of these programs help ease the path of cancer patients and their families.

For more information about patient supportive services, click here.