This August, Joel Loitherstein’s 20-year PMC journey will come full circle as he puts a new spin on an old ride for the annual bike-a-thon as a tribute to his late father, Lenny Loitherstein, and late mother-in-law, Dorothy Spilka, who both lost their lives to cancer in the early 1990s. The Ashland, Mass., resident will ride for the first time from the saddle of his father’s vintage Royce Union three-speed bicycle he restored years ago as a fixed gear training bike.
Last year, when Karen Collins, 44 of Boxborough, asked her sixteen-year old son, Jacob Witt what he thought he might like to do over the summer, she was ready to make a lot of suggestions - travel, classes, etc. She was stunned when he said nonchalantly, "I want to ride with you in the Pan-Mass Challenge."
Way back in 2009, Roslyn McLean, took her commitment to the Pan-Mass Challenge to new heights, literally. She went skydiving in Middletown, RI, wearing her rider jersey as a way to help boost her PMC fundraising campaign, and the jump worked! She raised an additional $18,000.
Last Thursday, more than 100 PMC riders and volunteers gathered at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to network with young professionals in the PMC family and learn more about the impact funds raised by the PMC have at the Institute.
As a high school sophomore, Ashley Cunningham’s focus went from surviving the academic and social qualms that come with being a teenager to undergoing one year of multiple spinal taps, bone marrow aspirations and chemotherapy treatments at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.