Two-year PMC cyclist Diane Legg is a devoted wife, mother of three boys, and a seasoned half marathon runner and cyclist. She is also a medical miracle living with stage IV lung cancer for nine years - four years longer than nearly all people who have the same disease. As a result, she is a champion for others; she serves as a national advocate for lung cancer awareness and research and is an athlete for charity.
"Fifteen years ago, I had the honor of accepting the 1999 PMC check for $8.7 million. That moment transformed me from a PMC observer to a committed member of Billy’s team. This August I completed my 14th PMC. So much has changed over the past 14 years, stunning advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, this years PMC check is $30 million greater the 1999 check, and who would have believed that the Red Sox would have just won their 3rd World Series.
For Marcia Dana, of Westford, the Pan-Mass Challenge provides her with the opportunity to fight back against a disease that took her late husband’s life. The annual bike-a-thon also gives her an outlet to give back to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a place she credits with helping to support her while her husband was there for treatment.
Sarah Couture, 14, is a 2013 PMC Pedal Partner and a cancer survivor who has grown-up living, breathing and playing soccer. When she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2012 and began treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic, it was no surprise that a black and white soccer ball helped to pull her through her cancer experience.
Elizabeth Fregeau, 49, of Portsmouth, N.H., is a two-time breast cancer survivor and role model for women, cancer survivors and PMCers alike. She is determined to live in the moment and is committed to helping prevent future breast cancer diagnoses. This August, she celebrated her 13th year riding and raising money for the Pan-Mass Challenge. To date, she has ridden hundreds of miles and raised more than $89,600 for the cause.