Father and daughter ride for cancer

Peter Kirchof and his daughter Maddie were among those taking part in the Connecticut Cancer Challenge Cycling Ride that passed through Wilton on Saturday, July 27. The two-day event raised more than $1.2 million for cancer survivors’ ongoing treatment through exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support.

The father-and-daughter duo from Wilton were part of Team Promise and rode 50 miles through Redding, Bethel, Danbury, Easton and Fairfield, ending at The Hunt Club in Westport, which served as the event headquarters.

“The ride today was just gorgeous. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place and I am very proud of Maddie’s f und-raising efforts here,” Mr. Kirchof said. “This is one of our last rides together before she is off to university and on such a perfect day for such a great cause — a great day.”

Julie Pemberton, a spokesperson for the event, said 19 of Connecticut’s community hospitals and cancer centers are members of the Connecticut Challenge Survivorship Network, which benefited from the event. She said all riders in the two-day event have been personally affected by cancer “whether a friend, family member, co-worker or themselves” with more than 85 cancer survivors as riders and 50 signed up as volunteers.

“Today’s ride had some pretty tough hills, but it was easy to be motivated just thinking of my nana, Lisa Kirchof, who is 85 years young and a multiple cancer survivor,” Maddie said. “I rode for her today.”