Another Year Closer To Free

Another Year Closer To Free

I am really looking forward to participating as a Volunteer with the 9th Annual Closer to Free Ride! This will be our second year participating, me as a ride day volunteer at the Yale Bowl and Paul riding to raise donations. This year he will be riding 100 miles! Here is a photo from the finish line last year after finishing 65 miles.

The still frame at the beginning of this video is actually my medical oncologist, Dr Sznol, who also rode as a fundraiser last year! Watch to enjoy some highlights from last year’s event.

Thank you to everyone in advance for their donations to Closer to Free, and thank you to Paul Apito for riding in my honor!

#CTFRIDE

One Step Closer to Free

As long as I’m alive I’ll participate in the Closer to Free event as a fund raiser or volunteer or maybe even some day as a rider.

I got discharged yesterday, after being in the hospital since Thursday. I just had my second microwave ablation of the ocular melanoma which spread to my liver. It was my six year diagnosis anniversary on Friday.

Thank you to everyone at Closer to Free Ride and Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital for fighting this battle with me! The still frame at the beginning of this video is actually my doctor, Dr Sznol, who also rode in the ride. It is amazing and uplifting to see your actual doctor participating! Thank you to Paul Apito for riding and thanks to the friends and family for their generous donations! #closertofree

About Smilow Cancer Hospital

Smilow Cancer Hospital’s revolutionary design is based on research which links architecture and environment as an essential partner in the healing process along with advanced medicine and care. Every facet of the hospital was designed with the patient experience in mind: natural lighting, soaring atriums, improved ventilation and single-patient rooms.  Plus numerous open spaces, soft colors, a curated artwork program, a rooftop healing garden and the most caring, compassionate and professional staff in medicine today.

Learn more about our fundraising for the CLOSER TO FREE ride to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital

Closer to Free


The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center have an annual event to raise money for the Closer to Free Fund. This fund provides support for cancer research and patient care.

One of my goals is to do some fundraising for Closer to Free later this summer.

To learn more visit Closer to Free

It is important to me that when I do fundraising, I know where the money goes!

One hundred percent of the funds raised by Closer to Free riders and volunteers goes to research and patient care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

MAY 2018 — I am thrilled to announce that my husband Paul will be riding in the 2018 Closer To Free Ride to raise money for patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center!