On Sept. 7 the Yale New Haven Smilow Cancer Hospital will be hosting their 9th annual 100-mile Closer to Free Ride and Christine Paine, Milford mom of 6, will be participating for her third time. Like many riders, Christine is riding in memory and in honor of, cancer warriors. Her mission however is unique. Although fundraising for the race is a large part of the commitment Christine has made it her mission to have as many names as she can on her back as strength and inspiration during her ride.
This is her third time participating in the ride and while what she is doing is not extraordinary, her approach is commendable. Christine said, “When I started to fundraise for the race I asked people to send me a name or names of people they love whot have been diagnosed with any form of cancer. I told them I would put their name on my back during my training rides and the day of the race. I wasn’t asking for a donation to do this. The response has been overwhelming and emotional. People I hardly know are sending me names to put on my list. I know I am honoring those who have passed from cancer or who are currently fighting it.”