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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
30 Lancaster Lane
Bedford, NH 03110
Last year, 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to the Jimmy Fund.
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Good luck to you all! Ride safe and have fun!
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!!
Good luck boys!! Hope that Kevin can keep the pace on that tricycle Joe!! LOL :)
Have you heard about this new-fangled internal combustion engine thingummy? Just saying, like. ;-)
Best of Luck and God Bless Ned and Anne
Joe. Thanks for your compassion and all the great things you do for the community.
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
Joe, all good wishes for a fair wind behind your backs and good riding conditions for this extraordinary event. Marcia
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