Bob Newcomb's Ride

Why I Ride ...

Dear Friends and Family,

            My 2014 Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) ride is going to seem really short compared to last year’s cross country adventure.  But it will not be any less important as I’ve learned that no matter where I was everyone seemed to have a story about how cancer has affected their lives.  Below are two poignant short stories that were shared with me last year.

            Biggs, Oregon- Getting ready to head out on our 4th day of riding, a gentleman approached me and started talking about his battle with prostate cancer.  He went into detail about his diagnosis, treatment, recovery, another series of treatments and now being in remission for over 5 years.

            Augusta, Montana- The most emotional of all stories.  On a bright sunny morning while out looking for the Post Office, I met a gentleman who gave me directions.  We started talking and eventually I find that he is originally from Cape Cod.  I tell him I am riding to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. He paused and told me he had had three children treated at Dana Farber.  His mood changed as he continued to tell me about their successful treatments and the recent loss of his daughter due to lung cancer.  A very kind, sad man slowly walked away at the end of our conversation.  I keep this memory with me every time I ride.

            The PMC is my way to help those above and all those out there affected by cancer.  The PMC is the single largest contributor to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Dana-Farber is one of the leading hospitals in the country for cancer research and treatment. 

            This is my seventh year riding and you and I have raised over $41,000.  In order to participate again, I must raise at least another $4300.  As always, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the money we raise goes directly to the Jimmy Fund.  I hope you can help me with this project.  Any size contribution will be greatly appreciated.

I ride with a picture of my parents on my jersey.  Both passed away from cancer and I dedicate my ride to them.  You can dedicate your donation to someone you know that has been affected by cancer.  Contact me and I would love to add their name(s) to my jersey as a survivor or in memoriam. 

Your tax-deductible donation can be made in several ways.  A check made out to “PMC/Jimmy Fund” can be sent directly to me in the enclosed envelope.  Or you can go directly to my PMC donation page.  (http://www2.pmc.org/profile/BN0032) Once there you can make a credit card donation.  Donations can be made anytime until October 1.           

Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.  I hope you can join in and I thank you for any support you can provide.  

Yours,                                                                                   

Bob Newcomb                                                             

87 North Whitney Street                                               

Amherst, MA 01002                                                           

413-256-4211           

rnewc@admin.umass.edu                                               

 

 




Total Raised

$6,010

Goal

$4,300

Progress




Last year, 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to the Jimmy Fund.

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My Paceline Supporters

I have chosen to keep all of my donors' information confidential; therefore it is not displayed on my PMC public donor list.

My Rides

2014 $6,010 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2013 $9,600.76 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2012 $7,630 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2011 $5,805 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2010 $5,565 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2009 $5,471.26 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2008 $7,873 Wellesley to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
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