joseph graham's Ride

Why I Ride ...


Why I Ride ...

It seems almost impossible to imagine that it was almost 10 years ago that the Becherts started their fight with pediatric brain cancer. 
So many things have happened in those 10 years. Family trips, birthdays, plays, sporting events, Girl Scout camping adventures, band and chorus concerts, tae kwon do, skiing, sledding, dancing, and 8 PMC rides. 
Chemo, and more chemo. Surgeries and more surgeries. Scans and more scans. Bumps and hills and peaks and valleys.
It has been a decade of fear and joy and amazement and terror. 
Emma soldiers on and inspires all of us daily.
I can't imagine the person I was at 11 being able to tolerate all that she does with such grace and fortitude.  She started chemo again in January and lost almost all of her hair and her energy. Her response, fabulous hats and frequent rest breaks.  Her ability to simply keep going isn't natural it's admirable. She doesn't look at herself as any different from her peers and doesn't want to miss a  single opportunity to experience life. 
We are so thankful that, thus far, each bump has been met by answers from competent oncologists at Dartmouth and Dana Farber.
So we ride. We ride with hope in our hearts that all these miles are making a difference. Not just to Emma but to her brother who gets left behind on treatment days. For Tim and Mandy who just need to take a deep breath. We ride with Tim and Mandy and her  dad (himself a cancer survivor facing new challenges) and so many wonderful friends who make up Team Emma's Enchantment.  I ride because I don't know what else to do to help. It makes me feel that some how I am helping the Bechert's get through this horrible ordeal. I ride because I want to set an example for others, an example that says give back, pay it forward, DO SOMETHING!
100% of the monies raised by Team Emma's Enchantment will go to the low grade astrocytoma research fund at DFCI. Advances are being made towards management of this persistent  menace. Any support you can offer to my ride would be greatly appreciated. You can donate by clicking on the donate to my ride icon  and following prompts or by sending a check made payable to  PMC to
Joseph Graham
30 Lancaster Lane
Bedford, NH 03110


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

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My Paceline Supporters

$100 Good luck to you all! Ride safe and have fun!
Elizabeth Bennett $25
Sean Davey $250 Joe, we know how much this ride means to you and this year I know its breaking your heart you can't ride and for that reason we needed to make sure you and Team Emma feel the Davey Family support!!
Alex Walker $500
Robyn Pallis
John Kratzer $30 Good luck boys!! Hope that Kevin can keep the pace on that tricycle Joe!! LOL :)
Daniel Gallogly $50
Steven Morgan-Vandome Have you heard about this new-fangled internal combustion engine thingummy? Just saying, like. ;-)
Christopher Graham good luck!
Edward Dalton $1,000 Best of Luck and God Bless Ned and Anne
Christine Sieks $50 Go Joe!
Robert Dyer
Robert Martucci
Robert Dastin $100
Carol Radic $50
John Xiggoros $100 Joe. Thanks for your compassion and all the great things you do for the community.
Steve Kelliher $100 Joe, good luck to you and Team Emma this year. I hope you can stay away from the headache issues you had last year and I hope the weather cooperates as well! Steve & Becky Kelliher
Marcia Campbell $100 Joe, all good wishes for a fair wind behind your backs and good riding conditions for this extraordinary event. Marcia
Christine Campbell You are an amazing man, Joe Graham! Hope we can meet up with you on your ride in Lakeville! We Love Ya, Christine, Kevin, Paige and Ali xo
Sean Owen $50 GO JOE!
Cheryl Laprade $25 Good Luck Joe!!
Dina Odak $50

My Rides

2014 $8,000 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
2013 $8,325 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
2012 $6,500 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
2011 $6,400 Wellesley to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2010 $6,300 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
2009 $6,569 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
2008 $6,700 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
2007 $8,075 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
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