(6/12/11) - Forty-six Webster Bank employees, friends and family participated in the fifth annual Jim Calhoun Cancer Ride and Walk Challenge on June 11 at Simsbury Meadows in Simsbury, Conn. UConn Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun, a longtime Webster spokesman and a cancer survivor himself joined the riders who braved the rainy weather to complete their chosen courses.
The popular yearly event benefits the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center, as well as the Coaches vs. Cancer program established in 1993 by the American Cancer Society.
The non-competitive challenge offered a 5K walk open to all ages, as well as four bike rides for ages 14 and over. Rides were 10 and 25 miles long, with 50- and 75-mile courses for advanced riders. The event was first held in 2007, and Webster volunteers have enthusiastically accepted its challenge every year since.
Webster team members participating in the ride included: Jennifer Ahern, Cecily Bagaco, Chris Beede, John Brigham, Carl Casper, Michael Darrell, Richard Freeman, Dale Geslien, Ray Gillette, Paul Gosselin, Robert Guenther, Theresa Hayse, Jennifer Hoynes, Ted Krawiec, Jorge Lozada, Kathy Luria, Sean Murray, Andrew Parker, Melanie Raslan, David Swain, Kasia Trapszo, David Virgilio, David Yarger and Victor Yelevich.