In April of 2007, as an otherwise healthy and active 28 year old, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Thanks to decades of investment this cancer is eminently treatable and curable, and after 6 months of chemotherapy and radiation I was cancer free, and have been fortunate to remain so over the last decade plus. In that 12 year span I was fortunate to discover the singular true joy in life, becoming a father to my wonderful son Sean. A few generations ago that would not have been possible for me.
My original reason for riding was to raise some money for cancer research, but as the years have gone by my intentions have become very personal. As so many people can agree most everyone has been touched by cancer. Friends, family, community members, but this year my focus changed when the 3 year old son of a friend was diagnosed with brain cancer and in the middle of his treatment his mother, Lisa forty years old was diagnosed with breast cancer. All of a sudden two thirds of their sweet family were battling cancer!
The Pan-Mass Challenge today announced the largest financial gift ever given to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The record-breaking $63 million check exceeds this year’s $60 million goal and brings the PMC’s 40-year fundraising total to $717 million.
For a third consecutive year, the PMC Winter Cycle will be held at Fenway Park! Join us on Saturday, January 25, 2020, to raise money for research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Register to ride or volunteer and be part of this inspiring event!
Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D., President and CEO Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, sent a thank you letter to the PMC Winter CYcle Office that we want to share with all of you
I would like to congratulate you on another successful PMC Winter Cycle. What a great way to ride into the 40th anniversary year of the Pan-Mass Challenge and build on the momentum from its $56 million record-breaking milestone last year.
I'm sure that my story is similar to many folks. My sister, Nancy Adams, started losing weight at the end of 2011 for no good reason. My normally strong and funny sister couldn’t eat and went into a deep depression. She figured out that she had cancer before any of us wanted to admit it.