Newsroom | 16 July 2012

Charlotte-based Team Cigna Cycling 24-Hours to Help Fight Cancer

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Jill Holliday
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  • Cigna team of 20 cyclists riding in 24 Hours of Booty, the official 24-hour cycling event of LIVESTRONG™
  • Raising funds for cancer research and survivorship
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  • Raising funds for cancer research and survivorship

  • CHARLOTTE , N.C . - July 16, 2012 - Twenty members of Team Cigna, employees and partners, will be pedaling round-the-clock to raise money for cancer research and survivorship in the Charlotte 24 Hours of Booty ride, the official 24-hour cycling event of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, on July 27 and 28. Charlotte is the headquarters of 24 Hours of Booty. The ride begins at 7:00 p.m., July 27 and concludes at 7:00 p.m. on July 28, taking riders through the Myers Park neighborhood. 
     
    "We appreciate the ongoing support of Cigna and its team members who have gone above and beyond to support our organization and event," said Basil Lyberg, executive director of 24 Hours of Booty. "Their passion for inspiring people to see the best in themselves and for making a difference in our community and the fight against cancer is commendable."
     
    "In addition to Cigna's commitment to health and well-being, we also have very personal reasons for assembling the team and riding in this event," said Charlie Pitts, Cigna president and general manager for the Carolinas who will be riding in the event. "One of our participants rides in honor of his friend's mother. Another member previously had a heart attack and cycling is his form of exercise. Particularly motivating to all of us is our friend and co-worker who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is going through treatment."
     
    This is the second consecutive year that Cigna's Charlotte office has participated in the 24-hour ride. "Cigna is committed to the health of the communities where we live and work, and 24 Hours of Booty is an exhilarating and meaningful way to keep this top of mind," said Pitts. Cigna's employee-riders also plan to take advantage of a Cigna program that provides $100 grants to charity when a Cigna employee participates in organized fitness activities in support of community organizations, such as runs, walks and cycling events, that are open to the general public."
     
    This year, Cigna joined with 24 Hours of Booty to sponsor an essay contest encouraging riders to describe how participating in a 24 Hours of Booty ride has helped them to reach a health and wellness goal. The winner will be announced on July 26, honored during the opening ceremonies by Cigna's president and general manager, and will ride the first loop with the Cigna team. More information on the essay contest is available at http://www.24hoursofbooty.org/site/PageServer?pagename=gocigna
     
    Charlotte's Myers Park neighborhood is home to the original Booty Loop. In partnership with presenting sponsor, Levine Cancer Institute, 24 Hours of Booty Charlotte will celebrate its eleventh year and host 1,200 riders who will raise more than $1.2 million for cancer research and survivorship.
    24 Hours of Booty is the premier organization for integrating community cancer fundraising and cycling to engage communities in support of cancer research and programs. Since 2002, their mission has been to conduct 24-hour cycling events that increase public awareness, funds, and support for LIVESTRONG™ and local cancer organizations.
     
    About Cigna
    Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America, Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York and their affiliates. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, and other related products including group disability, life, and accident coverage. Cigna has sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, with approximately 70 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com