The cancer road stretches far into the distance. More and more people engage in a a personal fight against the disease. Therefore, we all need to fight on with them.
It’s been 26 years since my dad succumbed to cancer. He was brave, never showing fear. A year after his death, in 1985, I rode my first Pan-Mass Challenge, a charity cycling event that raises funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute located in Boston, MA . The August 7-8 PMC is my 26th ride and one I am looking forward to as much as any of them. The PMC is my opportunity to engage in the fight against cancer while honoring my dad. I sure wish he was here to watch.
Over these years, I rode for friends, colleagues, and people I did not know. I hoped to offer them hope and comfort through my connection to the wonderful PMC family. Perhaps the knowledge that over 6,000 riders and volunteers really cared provided them with a bit of help as they went through one more day fighting cancer. This fight will forever be personal. It has touched my family too hard to ever be forgotten.
Thank you for being part of my PMC family and supporting me now and in years past. Without you, this ride is just 193 miles long. With you, it is a crusade, that we are winning, against a disease that hurts too many of us. Please consider boldly investing in the miracles that are unfolding today. Every single dollar (100%) of your PMC donation fights cancer. We raised more than $30,000,000 last year, reaching $270 mil. overall. I think we can do better.
Times may be tough for us, but times are tougher for those who are fighting cancer. I need you, and those looking for hope need you.
See you on the road.
Send checks made out to Pan-Mass Challenge to me at:
Barry P. Chaiken
14 Durham Street
Boston, MA 02115
About the Pan-Mass Challenge
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC’s goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers.