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.
In 2007, Boston resident John FitzGerald lost his father, former Mass. State Representative Kevin W. FitzGerald, to sarcoma. Not only did John lose a parent, the Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain communities lost a passionate leader who had represented their interests for 27 years.
Feeling frustrated that she cannot do more to directly help her husband, five-year breast cancer survivor Louise Gerhart, 65, of Acton, Mass., devotes her time to riding and volunteering for the Pan-Mass Challenge.
This past Sunday, a week before Mother’s Day, North Grafton, Mass. residents Aedan, 10, and Jake, 7, rode for the first time in the PMC Shrewsbury-Grafton Kids Ride. They rode as part of Team Malini, a group of 20 young cyclists who pedal together in honor of Aedan and Jake’s mother, Malini Mayerhauser.
Ed Walsh was a Hodgkins lymphoma survivor who rode in the PMC for 16 years and raised more than $100,000 for Dana-Farber. Last May, he began to have heart trouble as a result of the radiation that was part of his cancer treatment in 1995. He had by-pass surgery, and still managed to ride a moderate route of the PMC last August. “I spent most of the ride trying to rein him in, and keep him on a slower pace,” says Ed’s wife, Mary Walsh of Hamilton, Mass. “The PMC was such a big part of his life.”
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.
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.
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.