“Cycling to Celebrate” raises $26,000 for Cancer Patient Support Program

Teena Flood, front and center with boot, poses with her running group.
Teena Flood, front and center with boot, poses with her running group.

When Teen Flood, of Charlotte, proposed a unique fundraising idea to the Cancer Patient Support Program (CPS), no one knew just how successful it would be. To celebrate her 25th year free from cancer, and her 60th birthday, Flood pledged to ride 85 miles in support of cancer patients throughout Vermont and upstate New York. Her daughter and riders from her Wednesday night group accompanied her on her route.  With the help of family, friends, and business colleagues, Flood raised $26,000.
As an incentive to donate, Flood and her husband, Ric, pledged to match the first $5,000 and solicited the support of their friend Ernie Pomerleau to do the same. So, ensuring that $5,000 would turn into $15,000, the response to Flood’s “Cycling to Celebrate” was immediate and strong. Team jerseys were designed and printed, the course was mapped out, and a celebration was planned for the day after the ride. And then, the unexpected happened. While on a photo shoot for a client, Flood had a freak accident that resulted in a fall and a broken ankle, weeks before the scheduled ride! But that did not phase Teena’s supporters who knew she had already trained 500 miles for the event. They were certain that once healed she would complete the ride with little or no fanfare, which she plans to do.
Flood, Ric, and friend Ernie Pomerleau, will be recognized at “Evening Song; A Night to Remember,” the CPS annual gala scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6:30pm at the Robert E. Miller Center at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.  The event, sponsored by TD Bank, anticipates raising an additional $80,000 to $100,000 for the organization. Individual tickets or tables of 8 or 10 are on sale at www.cpspvt.org.