The Pan-Mass Challenge has different meanings for all of us, but the great news for our pedal partner will make anyone happy:
Her scan in May showed that she is cancer free! The trial immunotherapy worked. She had nasty side effects, but we all hope that continued research will improve this treatment, so others don’t suffer.
As for me, I kicked-off to my post-tax season training with a daunting ride:
On May 14th, I rode the 102.7-mile Assault on Mount Mitchell, from Spartanburg, SC, to Mount Mitchell, NC. The elevation change graph below shows why it took me over seven hours! I am thrilled to have made it to the top (not all riders finished).
And I will continue to train so I will be prepared for the PMC in August:
On that weekend, more than 6,000 riders and 4,000 volunteers show our commitment to raising money to battle cancer.
While I have raised over $7,000, I still need your help to reach my goal. Please support my ride so we can help make cancer a bad memory. Read my post “why I ride” and donate.
Why the PMC? The PMC hit a record-shattering $51 million gift last fall. Over the past 38 years, PMC cyclists have ridden to raise and contribute $598 million to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (“DFCI”). 100% of every donation to the PMC goes to cancer research and treatment at DFCI.
The Pan-Mass Challenge raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country and 100% what we raise goes to Dana Farber for on-going cancer care, treatment and research, supplying more than 50% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. It is Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor.
Why DFCI? DFCI combines exceptionally strong commitment to cutting edge research with equally strong commitment to the best, safest and most expert clinical care and a relentless focus on providing the best patient care experience throughout their care. No other cancer center combines all of these as well as DFCI. It is the only cancer center in the world with a top 5 ranking in both pediatric and adult cancer (#1 in pediatric). Also, a recent international survey ranked DFCI #1 in Research Impact.
If your employer has a matching gift program, ask your Human Resources department for a form, and follow the process for matches. To learn more about the Pan-Mass Challenge, please visit www.pmc.org.