Mark Blumenthal's Ride

Why I Ride ...

Fifteen years ago, I asked Frank Burstin for his blessing before proposing to Helen on her favorite beach on Cape Cod. As a teenager, Frank survived Auschwitz and four years of concentration camp slave labor. In his sixties, he survived a quadruple bypass. In his early eighties, he was remarkably fit and healthy, but in just three short months in 2008, cancer took his life. It robbed us all of the proudest grand-Poppa you’ve ever seen (click the "photos" link on the left to see for yourself). 

In Frank’s memory, for the fifth year in a row, I will be one of 6,000 cyclists riding the 192 miles across Massachusetts and Cape Cod to help raise money for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston. 

One of the best reasons to support the PMC: 100 percent of the money you donate goes to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Not one penny of your donation pays for the PMC itself. 

U.S. News and World Report ranked the DFCI as the fifth best cancer hospital in the nation. Funds raised by the PMC support the efforts of more than 3,000 faculty and staff members. Those donations have resulted in:
  • Increased survival rates of pediatric cancers.
  • Decreased incidence rates for colorectal cancers and lung & bronchus cancers.
  • More financial assistance to patients and their families in need.
  • Greater funding of investigator-led clinical trials.
To take part in this event, I need to raise a minimum of $4,500 (though I’m aiming for more**), and I need your help to reach my goal.

“Live for today,” Poppa Frank wrote, “because yesterday will never return, and who knows what tomorrow will be.” Please take a few minutes, right now, to help make tomorrow a better day for all those battling cancer.

**Having surpassed the $4500 mark on July 13 (thank you!), I've reset my goal to $7,200, the PMC's "Heavy Hitter" fundraising level for 2015. 

Total Raised





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

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An Appreciation of Frank Burstin

This Is Personal
A trip to the Holocaust Museum I'll never forget

Dana Farber
Web Site of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute

My Paceline Supporters

Mark Ruppert
David Petts $50
Kevin Goodman $50 Mark, Congratulations on your ride! I truly appreciate all you do to fight cancer and remember those important to you it has taken. Well done, Lad KG
Matthew Burstin
Aaron Bycoffe
Maura Brueger
Natalie Jackson We have to kill cancer!!! Have a great day 2!
$50 Good luck on the ride and happy to support a great cause!
George Christo
Larry Rosin
Jon Gould
Sean Fine Good Luck Mark!!!!
Abigail Horrigan
Ranjit Singh $250
Will Robinson
M Lisanne Crowley $250 Go Mark!
Jennifer Tatel
$250 Hey Mark: Ride like the wind! Your neighbors, Jan and Kati
Chuck Greene $50 I hope you have a great ride!
Betsy Yates Have a great ride!
Daniel Henderson
Tim Zimmermann $50
Susan Sheehan Enjoy the ride and keep doing good for the world
Atul Grover
Linda Rahal
Michael Halpern $50
Jacob Frisch
Mark Herman
Sylvia Frisch Thanks for honoring Poppa.
William Balsham $250
Andrew Dessler
John Hardwick Way to go Mark!
Dan Herrup Great cause! Ride hard!
Mary Beth Durant $25 Mark, Ride with the wind! All the best to you and your family. MaryBeth
Edward Ryan $150
Philip Rosenberg $50 Mark - Count on me any year you do this ride. Best, Philip
Peter Kristensen Hi Mark, Sunny and I are thankful that you dedicate so much effort to the cancer cause year after year. It takes a lot to battle the decease; no doubt your effort via the PMC will help many!
Nicholas Gimbrone $100
Jamie Conrad $100
Pollyanne power
Charles Franklin $250 Ride on!
Harold Malchow $100
Marc Dann
Timothy Ryan Go Mark Go!
Jennifer Duffy $100
Yong Lee
Evans Witt Go Mark Go! ---Amy and Evans
Susan Lisogorsky What a wonderful tribute to Uncle Frank.
Melanie Burstin $25 Anything for Poppa! Good luck!
Marc Collins $100 Mark - Well done! Happy to support. Marc & Tobey Collins.
Janet Harris Ride, Mark! Ride like the wind!
Richard Freedman
Joshua Hauser Yeah Mark! Congrats in advance. And thank you.
Ride Mark Ride!
Fay Blumenthal $200 We are very proud of you and wish you much success in your efforts. Love, Mom and Dad
Jeff Roberts
Kathleen Lester
Helen Burstin $250 Poppa would be so proud of you....XOXOX
David Kaiser $250 Ride strong, Mark!
Brendan Nyhan Go Mark!
Dwayne Haines $50 Ride Well / Ride Safe
Alan Blumenthal Hope you have a great ride this year! This year our donation will be in memory of our friend, Vicki Margolis. Alan & Therese

My Rides

2015 $8,815 Sturbridge to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
2014 $7,278.62 Sturbridge to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
2013 $7,601 Sturbridge to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
2012 $6,513 Sturbridge to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
2011 $8,195 Sturbridge to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
Mark's Personal Gallery