pan-mass challenge

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One man will ride one wheel for 12 days and go the extra mile to ride and raise funds for the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge, taking on 283 miles on the saddle of a unicycle.  

Peter Corbett, 55, of Shutesbury, Mass., set out on June 24 from the New York border and has been traveling 25 to 30 miles a day with the goal of finishing in Provincetown on August 4 alongside the 5,500 cyclists who will participate in the PMC this year.  

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In 2008, Angus McQuilken, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., was diagnosed with colon-cancer. 

Thanks to all of the doctors and nurses who cared for him first at Newton/Wellesley Hospital and then at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, this May will mark his fifth year cancer free and this August will mark his fifth consecutive ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge.  

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Chelmsford resident Maureen Pellegrini knows first-hand the power of friendship and how the bonds of sisterhood can unite a community to support a fellow resident and dear friend.  

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Written by  friend, fundraiser and journalist, Lauren Paul

By their own admission, they’re not exactly two peas in a pod. One is a staunch conservative, the other liberal as they come. One is 15 minutes early to any meeting; the other is chronically late. One is extroverted and will chat with anyone; the other is more reserved. One is laid back; the other attacks life in every possible way.  

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BOSTON MA- Team Rialto-TRADE is gearing up for its third year riding the Pan-Mass Challenge. With a goal to ride over 2,112 Miles and raise over $100,000 this year, training and fundraising are well underway. On Sunday, June 23rd the team will host a fundraiser at TRADE to bring these 11 cyclists closer to their goal.

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It’s midnight on a Saturday; do you know where your mother is? 

If it’s the first weekend in August, she might be having her annual “Ladies Night Out,” except this crew won’t be home until the next morning. These party moms are busy making breakfast at Mass Maritime Academy for thousands of cyclists taking on day two in the Pan-Mass Challenge. Working the late shift – or early shift, depending on how you look at it – they start at midnight and finish at 8 a.m. 

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New riders are invited and encouraged to attend one of three orientation sessions held during April.  The sessions will be held on April 4th, April 10th and April 23rd from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at PMC headquarters in Needham. Click this link to sign up.  The sessions are presented by Billy Starr and the PMC professional staff and include:

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Volunteers are needed for the PMC on August 2, 3, and 4th at all hub sites and water stops across Massachusetts. Help is needed with registration, site logistics, food preparation, bike parking, cleanup, etc.

It takes riders, partners, sponsors and doers

"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it." H.E Luccock. 

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Eight years ago, Brent McCreesh, then 2, was fighting stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. 

Consequently, Brent endured hundreds of blood transfusions, seven rounds of chemotherapy, 13 surgeries, three weeks of radiation, two stem cell transplants and 15 months of isolation. His life was an eight-by-ten foot hospital room.

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When Sarah Vicidomini was 21-years-old, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Six weeks later, the unthinkable happened. Her father, John Coughlin, was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer. 

Nearly ten years ago, the two simultaneously battled life threatening illnesses. Previously known as the “father-daughter duo” in the oncology ward at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Sarah and John are now cancer free. 

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