The farmers and family from Wilson Farm in Lexington, Mass., will trade in plowing for pedaling during the first weekend in August this year.
Members of Team Wilson Farm will cycle in their first Pan-Massachusetts Challenge to honor the memory of Alan Wilson, who lost his life to colon cancer in 2008.
Alan Wilson was the family patriarch and co-owner and operator of the Lexington landmark. The farm has been in operation by three generations of the Wilson family for 125 years.
After two years of watching her father struggle with leukemia and its treatments – from chemotherapy pills to blood transfusions -- Heather Hobler, 49, of Mattapoisett, lost him to the disease.
Within a month, she was diagnosed with cancer herself.
Team PHAT Tuesday put out the call to its riders: give us your old Pan-Massachusetts Challenge t-shirts, shorts and bike jerseys.
Patricia Middelmann, wife of PHAT Tuesday cyclist Marty Middelmann, came up with the idea to make a quilt as the couple was deciding ways they could fundraise this season.