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Lots of Bikes and Bananas

Sometimes, a few numbers tell the whole story. Here are some from the 23rd Annual Prouty Bike Ride and Fitness Walk, a benefit for Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center: 1,087 (people who biked or walked in the event); 820 (bikers); 306 (bikers who did the full 100-mile course); and 205 (volunteers).

Then there's the donated food that fueled the effort: 1,000 (bananas); 750 (apples); 2,900 (chocolate and energy bars); 2,500 (bottles of water); and 3,050 (burgers and sandwiches). And of course there are the results: 52,250 (miles covered); 62 (teams entered in someone's memory or honor); and 101 (sponsors and donors). Not to mention 362,000 (dollars raised).

But the most important numbers are these: 132 (Norris Cotton researchers); 194 (clinical trials run under Cancer Center auspices); and 3,300 (new patient visits annually) A.S.

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