|Aug. 8, 2010, Babson College
Good morning everybody. It is such a great day, a great cause and a special mix of ingredients promising a great ride. The many alumni here and those joining us for the first time, the young and seniors alike, will all come away with a deep feeling of satisfaction and personal pride. You are participating in a life-changing event. More than just a bike ride, more than just a demanding physical challenge, more than just the camaraderie surrounding a missionary expedition – it is a commitment beyond one’s self interest which drives you in pursuit of the final chapter in the history of curing a devastating disease, a disease that has touched so many.
This year, my 27th year of riding the PMC, has a very special meaning for me. It is a year that has major consequences for me personally and one that revolves around the consequences of funding for necessary research.
|In early March of this year, I was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer – a rare form of cancer for which there has been very little research and a paucity of funds allocated for the required treatment. The prognosis was grim, and others and I wondered whether I would make it to this important moment in my life. As you can see, I am here, riding with my pal of many years, senior rider Bill Cantor. You are all here, volunteers, staff, and riders all; Words fail me in describing my full range of emotions this morning. To all of you, including the founder, the creative passionate Billy Starr, his talented equally passionate wife, Meredith Beaton Starr, and the professional staff, I am in your debt. All are here illuminated as a shining example of what can be done if you have the will. You are a part of an immensely important philanthropic and successful event of international stature. May I say, as the wheels begin to roll, Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! May you always go in safety, moving from strength to strength.