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Northern New Englanders Cycle for CF

August 4, 2009

Whether for healthy fun or going green, bike riding is spinning with popularity. At the Northern New England Chapter’s Seacoast Safari in July, avid cyclists of all ages geared up to pedal toward a cure for cystic fibrosis. The 110 riders raised more than $100,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   

A Coastal Course

Seacost Safari Northern New England Bike Ride
Allison Touchette, Cal and Nicola Felicitti, Michelle Stinson and Joanna Densmore (L-R) of Team Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center take a break along the scenic seacoast ride to Biddeford, Maine.
The 150-mile, two-day tour kicked off in Newbury, Mass., where participants were cheered on by enthusiastic family, friends and supporters. Along the picturesque route to Biddeford, Maine, riders took breaks at historic landmarks and scenic overlooks, including the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine.  

Riders were met with relaxing massages, delicious barbecue food and feel-good music by solo artist Rhad Davis upon their arrival at the University of New England in Maine. Later that evening, participants shared an intimate banquet with friends and family, where volunteer Carol Willoughby, whose family has been touched by CF, gave a warming Bid for a Cure speech offering a $2,000 match. The cyclists made their way back to Newbury after recharging overnight on the university campus. 

Seacoast Safari is more than just a fundraiser to me,” says Chris Kvam, 29, who organized the event and also has CF. “It showcases what fighting CF means to me—living an active life and working toward goals.”

Many Thanks

The Northern New England Chapter extends big thanks to its corporate sponsors:

  • Leone, Morrissey, Henriksen and Synan
  • Norwell Collision
  • Novartis

The Seacoast Safari would not have been possible without the careful planning by:

  • Josh Corringham
  • Dana Dorman
  • Dave Dufort
  • Kenton Eash
  • Avo Jeknavorian
  • Jim Kellett
  • Chris Kvam
  • Carol Willoughby

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.