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Read stories from Pan-Mass Challenge riders and volunteers about why they PMC, stay up to date on PMC news, learn about upcoming events and more!

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Why I PMC - Alex Bartfeld

Jul 30, 2019 5:13:54 PM

#WhyIPMC guest post by Alex Bartfeld 17-year rider & virtual rider, Captain Team Bueno

Last weekend I completed my 2nd Pan-Singapore Challenge, and my 17th PMC.

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Why I PMC - Chris Aziz

Jul 26, 2019 2:55:00 PM

#WhyIPMC guest post by Chris Aziz, 14-year rider

In 2003, a group of friends asked if I'd be interested in participating in the PMC from Sturbridge to Bourne, a one-day bike ride of 110 miles with a fundraising commitment for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. At the time, I had lost my Uncle George to inoperable lung cancer. I had also seen co-workers battle breast cancer and stomach cancer and not survive, which left me with a general sense of helplessness. So, I said yes to the ride! I’ve participated every year since then – only missing two races over the last 16 years.

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Why I PMC - Alan Einhorn

Jul 25, 2019 12:26:00 PM

#WhyIPMC guest blog by Alan Einhorn, 35-year rider, Captain Team Bill

This year will be my 35th year riding the PMC. For four of the last eleven years, I captained a fund-raising team for the PMC called Team Alpana, named for a young, smart, vivacious colleague in my law firm who died of cancer, way too early.

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Why I PMC - Marilyn Rabinovitz

Jul 23, 2019 10:28:47 AM

#WhyIPMC guest blog by Marilyn Rabinovitz, 17-year Living Proof volunteer

mom-1I wanted to be the best daughter I could be for her. My Mother was waging her final war in her battle with cancer. I did anything and everything I could; drove her to the medical appointments, took her for blood transfusions, cooked her high protein and high (healthy) fat meals to try to fuel her now 78 pound body, ran her errands, cleaned her home, loved her the best a daughter could. She closed that chapter on her own terms and on the most glorious Saturday afternoon in June of 2002 my Mother died from the ravages of cancer. She died 2 months & 2 days shy of her next birthday. Her birthday was the day we always celebrated her - just the simple fact that she was. How would I exist that first birthday without her? How would any of it matter.

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Why I PMC - Suzanne Merritt

Jul 17, 2019 2:38:44 PM

#WhyIPMC guest blog by Suzanne Merritt, 8-year Living Proof rider, Team FORZA-G


IMG_3070Seven years ago in 2013 I rode my first PMC and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been 100% committed ever since. Seven years ago I beat triple negative, genetic breast cancer thanks to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2012 - 2013 I had three surgeries and chemotherapy and since then I have had countless check ups, and another surgery to remove my ovaries due to my continued risk for cancer. In order to function normally, I have hormone therapy. None of this has been easy for me or my family.

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Why I PMC - Bill Goldsmith

Jul 11, 2019 4:04:46 PM

#WhyIPMC guest blog by Bill Goldsmith, 12-year rider

DSC_0748This year, I will participate in my twelfth consecutive Pan-Mass Challenge. It is truly one of the highlights of my year. The catalyst for my participation in the PMC was when my mom, Lil Goldsmith, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer thirteen years ago. My mom died April 11, 2010. But not before she celebrated her first grandchild’s first birthday on April 3, 2010. It was a bittersweet moment. But, one I had prayed for many times. I ride for my mom because of the inspiration she has been and always will be to me. And, because of the unconditional love, friendship and guidance she and my dad provided to my brothers and me. I also ride in the PMC for my wife Lisa and our children Alex and Lily because I never want them to know the pain and suffering associated with cancer.

Arriving at PMC town line

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