Helen Montie's Ride

Why I Ride ...

For those of you who know me well, you know that I take fundraising for cancer research very seriously, and for good reason. In January 2010, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia single-handedly ravaged my body and changed my entire family's life for the next two years. Luckily, my family had an astounding support system, one of the strongest being our Pan-Mass Challenge Team: Team Montie Pythons and the Flying Cyclists.

In July and August of 2012, as a PMC Virtual Rider, I dedicated 1,100 miles biking in the Canadian Maritimes  to ending cancer through funding life-saving research at Dana Farber. At six months out of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) treatments, this bike trip was a victory lap, celebrating the best things in life. In 2013, I got the chance to ride in the 1-day PMC. It was amazing to bike the route with so many people who were all fighting for the same cause. It was empowering to be a part of such a supportive community!

Now, in the team's 5th year of riding in the PMC, I continue to celebrate life and support patients, survivors, family members, friends, and caregivers with those who ride alongside me and my team members.

Thanks for joining the effort and sponsoring me! Any donation, no matter the amount, helps!

Best,

Helen


Donate to my other team members too!:

Carolyn Montie (Mom): http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CM0300
Paul Montie (Dad): http://www2.pmc.org/profile/PM0228
Team Montie Pythons: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TL0095


P.S. Here is a neat article I was featured in with more information!!!!

Meet Helen Montie - A former Pedal Partner turned PMC cyclist

As an eighth grader, Helen Montie’s focus went from playing soccer and making good grades to undergoing more than two years of chemotherapy at the Jimmy Fund Clinic for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 

During that time, the Lincoln, Mass. resident sought comfort from Team Montie Pythons, a group of more than 20 PMC cyclists who developed a relationship with the Montie family through the Pan-Mass Challenge Pedal Partner Program and rode in the event in Helen’s honor. Now, as a 16-year-old high school junior, Helen is a cancer survivor who will ride this August as part of Team Montie Pythons in honor of the group’s new Pedal Partner. Helen will share her story at the PMC Pedal Partner kick-off party, which will take place this Sunday at Fenway Park. 

The PMC Pedal Partner program, now in its 13th year, matches Jimmy Fund Clinic patients with PMC cyclists who will ride the August event in their honor. For the children, being a designated Pedal Partner is an exciting experience, as they become part of a large group of people committed to helping fight cancer. PMC cyclists offer friendship and support to the children and their families while gaining personal inspiration to train and fundraise.  

Many of Helen’s family friends have participated in the PMC. It never dawned on the Monties that they would be the beneficiaries of one of the PMC’s programs. Helen credits the PMC Pedal Partner program for giving her the added support and love that she needed throughout her treatments. Now, she is determined to pay it forward and ride the 47-mile Wellesley loop in an effort continue her crusade against cancer.  

“Even though I am done with treatments, this doesn’t mean I have stopped fighting cancer,” says Montie. “Being part of the PMC and its Pedal Partner program is a way to continue fighting cancer even if you are in remission. No one is going to give up on the Pedal Partners.”  

To learn more about the PMC Pedal Partner program, visit http://pmc.org/ride/pedal-partners. Interested in becoming a PMC cyclist or volunteer? Visit, www2.pmc.org or call 800-WE-CYCLE.




Total Raised

$1,590

Goal

$1,200

Progress




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

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My Paceline Supporters

Peter Huebner
Rachel Hausmann
Elizabeth Williamson
You are a wonderful inspiration to all. The Charsky Family
Colette Nygren You are an inspiration to all of us, Helen!!
$50 Way to go :) -Sophie & Felix
Don Montie $50 Go Helen! our love goes with you. G&G
Caroline, charlie, julia, and George Huebner $100
Alena Yermalovich $10
Lisa Elder
$50 Way to go Helen! Love, the Domar/Ostrow family
Ho-Chou Tu $35 Helen I am so proud of you. May happiness and health be with you forever! Way to go!!
Jeannette Vandeusen So happy to support you in this! Kate & Jack Troiano, Jinny VanDeusen
Janet and Bob Lawson Way to go Monties! Have a great ride. We'll be thinking of you.
Lauren Shron So happy to support you Helen! Have a great ride!
Daniel Pereira
Claude Royal

My Rides

2014 $1,590 Wellesley to Wellesley Teens (50 mile Sunday)
2013 $1,170 Wellesley to Wellesley Teens (50 mile Sunday)
2012 $1,114
Helen's Personal Gallery