By now you should know about Fairfield’s Giancarlo Brancato’s fight with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The Warde basketball and baseball player was diagnosed with cancer late last year and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and physical therapy.
Brancato, 17, has been working with with CT Challenge Center for Survivorship in Southport. The CT Challenge is a non-profit organization co-founded by Fairfield native and childhood cancer survivor Jeff Keith which is “dedicated to helping the 14.5 million cancer survivors in Connecticut and throughout the U.S. rebuild, improve and prolong their lives through exercise, nutrition, mind-body health and community-building support programs,” according to its website.
To aid his cause and millions of others with cancer, Brancato and CT Challenge have produced an inspiring, not to mention pretty slick, video to promote the CT Challenge’s annual bike race.
The promotional video shows Brancato, affected by his chemotherapy, waking at dawn and going through a myriad of exercises, running, biking and weight lifting, baseball and basketball.
“Challenge me to succeed,” he intones. “To not be afraid. Challenge me to play D-1 baseball. To own the field. To never look back. Only forward. Challenge me to one-on-one. To own the game. Challenge me.
“Challenge me to ride. Ride with me. Challenge cancer.”
Approximately 2,000 riders participate in the CT Challenge bike races, which range from 10 miles to 100 miles. There’s also the two-day race, which begins at Bear Mountain, N.Y. All roads lead to the Fairfield County Hunt Club at 174 Long Lots Road in in Westport.
For more information, to register or just to donate, visit the CT Challenge website.