We've just passed the 8-year anniversary of
Leslie's breast cancer diagnosis (April 1 -- no joke), and each year it feels a
little "further away," although it'll never be all the way gone. Her annual mammogram (this year scheduled for
May 21) is now a part of the rhythm of our year.And so is my training for the Pan Mass
Although it's only my 8th year of
participating and fundraising, it's the 10th anniversary of my PMC team,
Hannah's Bandanas. Our team was named
for Hannah, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2 and is now about to enter
her freshman year in high school. Team
Hannah’s Bandanas has raised over $1.2MM for Dana Farber Cancer Institute in
its 10 years.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the team, our
intrepid founders have decided to add "just a little bit" to our PMC
experience. We are going to ride from
the NY border in Western Massachusetts to Provincetown, on the very end
of Cape Cod... a true Pan-Mass ride. We'll do it over three days, starting at the
NY border on Friday morning, August 2, and riding 95 miles through (or as I've been thinking of it, up and down, but especially up) the
Berkshire mountains to Sturbridge, MA.
Saturday morning, we'll do the Sturbridge start to the “official” PMC
ride, and then we'll do the
Sunday route from Bourne to Provincetown as we've always done it. (For those of you numbers-types, that will be 280 miles and 14,600 feet of climbing over 3 days. And yes, I’m a little (maybe more than a
little) nervous about it -- did I mention we're going up/through the Berkshire mountains?)
Each year I ride reminds me just how lucky I
was to have met Leslie right after college all those years ago, and how
incredibly amazing our journey together has been since then -- in spite of (or
perhaps because of) the inevitable ups and downs. The most recent chapters of that journey
certainly would have been very different were it not for the kind, skilled and
talented doctors, researchers and staff at Dana Farber who treated Leslie's
cancer in 2005 and continue to take care of her, so I am grateful once again to
be able to ride the PMC this summer, and thankful for your support.
The easiest way to contribute to my ride is to click on the
"donate to my ride" button below and to use your credit card. If you prefer, you may send a check made out
to "PMC" to me at 39 Radcliffe Road, Wellesley MA 02482. Thank you very much!
P.S.: For more on Leslie's cancer journey, click here; for more on the PMC team I'm proud to be part of, click here.
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