Nick Kavalieros's Ride
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Why I Ride...
I ride in memory of my daughter, Ellie. While Lisa and I have supported the efforts of a special cycling team, the Bikers Dozen for many years, last year's ride was my inaugural...and what an amazing experience! The team was formed 10 years ago by a dear friend to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston. Biker's Dozen is rich in health and what a great way to show our appreciation by participating in a sport fundraiser to make a difference for those who don't have that same fortune. Pediatric Cancer Research is our target. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children, pediatric cancer is extremely underfunded and DIPG, the cancer that stole my daughter Ellie, has a 100% mortality. As terrible a disease as cancer is it gives us perspective that fosters incredible love, strength and support. The Biker's Dozen embodies these qualities and I am proud to be a part of this brotherhood. I enjoyed getting to know the team and look forward to the 2014 ride in August.
(To learn more about DIPG and the importance of funding pediatric cancer research visit…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwYYtw1sgow
At the time of Ellie’s diagnosis in May 2010, there was no standard treatment and the medical protocol had not changed in almost 30 years. Since that time, as a result of private funding a number of recent advances in the understanding of the biology of DIPGs have recently occurred and we are now making real progress. These advances are a direct result of funds raised by events such as this and gifted to Ellie’s medical and research team at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Cancer is a time filled with vulnerability, fear and sadness at the same time a need to be strong, positive and hopeful. Lisa and I collect our courage everyday to move forward. We can hear Ellie’s laugh, see Ellie’s smile, sense Ellie’s touch and feel Ellie’s spirit.
Your efforts and support bring hope that future families will be spared from having to endure the pain of losing a child.
My untrained and semi-callused bottom will join this great team again along with 5,500 other cyclists in the 35th PMC August 2 and 3. I've made a personal commitment to ride and raise $10,000. So I hope you can help me achieve this significant goal. To date the Biker’s Dozen team has raised more than $1,200,000.00.
Every donation brings us closer by the mile.
Your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute dedicated to the innovative research of Dr Mark Kieran and his quest to cure DIPG and PLGA. If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to the PMC, The Jimmy Fund or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and mail it to me directly at:
8102 Sabal Oak Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32256
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|2014||$12,550||Wellesley to Wellesley (2-Day)|
|2013||$10,750||Wellesley to Wellesley (2-Day)|