Girls that ride together, stay together - Join Team Cycle for Colby on Sunday, Aug. 4

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Bill Alfano

Girls that ride together, stay together - Join Team Cycle for Colby on Sunday, Aug. 4

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.  

On Aug. 3 and 4, Pellegrini will ride in her second Pan-Mass Challenge as part of Team Cycle for Colby. The team is made up of friends, classmates, parents and neighbors of Colby Schofield, a seventeen-year-old girl who is battling cancer. Joining Pellegrini along the route will be her husband, David, in what will be his fourth PMC experience.   

Schofield was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2012.  She receives weekly chemotherapy treatments at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. Schofield has been friends with Pellegrini’s daughter, Tess, 17, since middle school. The girls attended Nashoba Brooks School (NBS) in Concord together.  

During their time at NBS, they learned to be strong independent women and formed tight relationships with classmates that remain today. Despite the girls disbanding to various high schools across the state, the group has remained close and will come together to ride and raise money as part of Team Cycle for Colby to benefit the PMC, which supports lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber.  

Also riding as part of the team is Schofield herself. On Sunday, Aug. 4, the varsity athlete will take on the one-day 47-mile PMC Wellesley loop. In the meantime, her friends are selling “Cycle for Colby” wristbands throughout their communities with all proceeds benefitting the PMC. In addition, this month they helped to host a walk-a-thon at their alma mater as part of NBS’s annual service day, “Colby’s Crusader’s – Curing Cancer with Community, Character and Confidence.”  

The PMC Wellesley loop is one of two available routes available to cyclists seeking to take on a shorter distance. Teen riders, ages 13 to 17, can ride one of the Sunday one-day routes and raise only $500 to be a part of the PMC. 

Register to ride alongside Team Cycle for Colby on Sunday, Aug. 4th.

Members of Team Cycle for Colby celebrate their 16th birthdays in New York City last summer. Featured from left to right: Caroline Eliopoulos, Tess Pellegrini, Isabelle Hoch, Isabelle Washkurak, Amanda Brown and Colby Schofield.

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