Closer To Free Ride 2017

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This past September, the Tommy Fund was honored to once again participate in the Closer to Free Bicycle event for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale- New Haven. The Tommy Fund Team is proud to announce that through the fundraising efforts of the Team’s sixty-six riders, as well as, the numerous team volunteers, Team Tommy Fund raised in excess of $72,000 and was the fourth largest fundraising team in the overall Closer to Free Event. Team Tommy Fund was composed of riders of all ages and abilities who participated in all four options for the races: 10 miles, 25 miles, 62.5 miles and even 100 miles.    The day was filled with so many heart-felt stories of survival, especially in light of the fact that Team Tommy Fund, had 17 cancer survivors participate in the ride; demonstrating one more time, their tremendous fortitude, and their devotion towards the fight against cancer.

Joe Bowman, The Tommy Fund Vice President, co-chaired the event. Joe states, "this was our 4th year participating in Closer to Free and it was by far our most successful. Our goal next year will be to have 100 participants on our team and to raise over $100,000." The Tommy Fund would like to thank its board members and its volunteers, particularly, the folks from AAA Northeast as well as Southern New England Ear, Nose and Throat for their hard work, support and dedication to TEAM TOMMY FUND.

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Next year’s ride will be held on Saturday September 8, 2018.  The Tommy Fund has groups of riders in each of the four race options. Please consider joining the Tommy Fund for an incredibly gratifying experience. 

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 Team Tommy Fund 2017

Team Tommy Fund 2017

Closer to Free Ride 2016

Jeremy Soboleski
Why He Rides for Closer to Free/Team Tommy Fund

This year, Jeremy Soboleski will get on his bike for the fourth time for the annual Ride Closer to Free/Team Tommy Fund to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.   This year’s ride on Saturday, September 10 throughout New Haven County will be another wonderful, but emotional, experience for him. 

 JEREMY SOBOLESKI AND FAMILY, AT CLOSER TO FREE, A RIDE FOR SMILOW BIKE RIDE.

JEREMY SOBOLESKI AND FAMILY, AT CLOSER TO FREE, A RIDE FOR SMILOW BIKE RIDE.

“When you ride the first time you’re going to cry when you pass the hospital,” recalls Soboleski.  “You roll out of the Yale Bowl right past Smilow.  There are kids with IV drips and people saying thank you.  It makes you realize why you’re doing it.  Kids, adults, nurses – you’ll cry, it’s pretty tough.  When you have a connection to someone who’s fighting, it’s even harder.  It’s a great ride, well run, and it raises a good amount of money for a good cause.  It’s the highlight of my September,” he adds.

Soboleski, 40, usually rides with his wife, Amye.  He first started on Team Tommy Fund when he lost his best friend to cancer at 37 in August, the month before the ride.  He and Amye ride 100 miles each year.

Soboleski is a partner and vice president at Ivory Wealth Management in Essex.  He was introduced to Team Tommy Fund because his firm managed the team’s assets.  This year he will be riding for Ralph DeLuca, another friend who has cancer.

Thank you, Jeremy.