Simsbury Bank sponsors Bike for the Battle

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From l.: Brian Liss, executive director, Farmington Valley YMCA; Jocelyn Mitchell, SVP, Simsbury Bank; Tracy Saperstein, Farmington Valley YMCA; Lee Ann Kerr, board of advisors, Farmington Valley YMCA; Jackie Voelker, health and wellness director, Farmington Valley YMCA; Bernadeta Eichner, Simsbury Bank.

Simsbury Bank made a $2,500 donation and is the champion sponsor of the Farmington Valley YMCA’s Bike for the Battle on April 28. Participants ride stationery bikes in shifts. The proceeds of this event support the Y’s Livestrong Program that has helped over 425 cancer survivors on their road to wellness. Livestrong is a free 12-week program offered for anyone diagnosed with cancer and is designed to help them improve their strength and overall quality of life.

Brian Liss, executive director of the Farmington Valley YMCA, said, “We thank Simsbury Bank for again supporting this fundraiser. Their support enables us to bring this important program to those challenged by cancer. Each year, we hear from the cancer survivors our Livestrong program supports and how it has helped them by providing advice, exercise programs, encouragement and camaraderie as they cope with their condition.”

Bernadeta Eichner, senior relationship manager at the bank’s Granby branch, said, “The Livestrong program at the Farmington Valley YMCA has proven to provide valuable support to those battling cancer and a whole range of services that are invaluable to our community. Simsbury Bank is honored to continue to support of this important program.”

The YMCA’s annual campaign is billed as a “trYathlon” and consists of three events: Swim for a Cause was held on Feb. 3, and raised over $5,000 for the Farmington Valley YMCA’s Community Campaign that provides financial assistance for community members who cannot afford the Y; the second event, Bike for the Battle, takes place April 28; and the third event is the 47th Granby Road Race, this year being dubbed as the Run for a Cause, that will be held on May 5. Simsbury Bank will field a team of six riders for the April Bike for the Battle event.