Andy Seguin's Ride

2015: More to Come

2015: Pushing On (written on 2/4/15)
On August 1st, along with more than 5,000 fellow cyclists, buoyed by an army of thousands of volunteers, I will begin my 9th PMC. I have begun to think that as each year goes by, my passion for this event and for its noble mission - to raise money that will lead to finding cures for cancer - has become more obsessive.  Hardly a day goes by that I don't wear some PMC swag, or train for the ride, or think about a new fundraising idea.  

Often my PMC thoughts are triggered by reminders of loved ones, family, friends, and friends of friends, who have faced cancer personally. If you know me, then you likely know that I am a 2-time cancer survivor.  These reminders have become nearly omni-present, for two separate reasons. The first is the wonderful one - that more and more, these loved ones are facing cancer and beating it. These people are Living Proof and I share an instant connection with them. The second reason that these reminders are more frequent are the still-to-common losses and new challenging diagnoses that have little or no treatment options. Both sets of reminders have a unique way of motivating me - to continue to train, to continue to ride, and to continue raising more money. 

So, here's the ask - have you been touched by cancer? On my blog, you'll see my "Why I Ride" board, on which I add a name of a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance who has faced cancer before each of my training sessions. During my training sessions this winter, this board stares back at me while I pedal on my trainer - a constant reminder of why I am on my bike, in the basement, for the 4th straight day. And I keep Pushing On.

Now it is my time to ask you. Will you push on with me? What are you willing to donate today to help end cancer and to see an end to the pain, suffering, and sadness that this insipid disease causes?   What if it was the life of a loved one, a friend, or a college roommate? What if it was your child? What if it was you?

Make a donation and save lives. It is that simple. Right now, you have a chance to save lives.



2014: Let's Finish This (written 1/3/14)
Not a day goes by that I am not reminded about cancer.  I see the scars on my body.  I rub my shaved head that I shave short to this day in memory of the young kids I went through radiation therapy with some 17 years ago now.  I see my PMC Living Proof t-shirts in my drawer or my PMC bike jerseys hanging in my basement, waiting for spring. to return.  I talk to my mom, a cancer survivor herself, on the phone. Or read another article online about another life cut too short because of this viscous disease.  

Last week, I flashed to thinking about cancer as I was a pall bearer at my grandfather's funeral. The same grandfather, who like me, 17 years ago, was diagnosed with cancer as well. He beat his prostate cancer. It never beat him. His strength, and great treatments, allowed him to live into his late 80s and enjoy the continued growth of his family. He would have missed the arrival of his eighth and final grandchild as well as 3 great-grandchildren.  We often talked about how unique it was that we went through cancer together.  
[you should know that he passed not from cancer, but heart problems]

As these reminders are ever-present in my life, I am confident that the day will come when the cures for all cancer will have been discovered. There will be no more need for walks, or runs, or bake sales, or bike rides to raise money to help. But until then, I am COMMITTED to this cause, to see it to the end, to see it to completion, to live in a society that is cancer-free.  I will continue to donate, to fundraise, to train, and to ride the PMC until that day comes. 

If you have landed on this page, I expect that you already know at least part of my story. I am a two-time cancer survivor and the son/grandson/nephew of 3 breast cancer battlers. I am proud and humbled to be Living Proof. 

This year is my 8th year riding the PMC. Thanks to the generosity of over 200 friends, families, and colleagues, nearly $50,000 has been contributed in my name in the past 7 years. Last year - my comeback year - was the biggest yet. And it was another year of learning about more friends and loved ones of friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. With each one, I receive a stunning reminder that my effort and commitment to this mission must continue on. To do what I can to help.

And now it comes to you. What would you give to save a live? What if it was the life of a loved one, a friend, or a college roommate? What if it was your child? What if it was you?

Make a donation and save lives. It is that simple. Right now, you have a chance to save lives.

Please read my blog for updates on my road to recovery from cancer and updates on my training and fundraising efforts. I have set the goal of $10,500 this year to match the initial TOTAL donation made by the 1st PMC 35 years ago.  This year, the event's total goal is $40 million, which will certainly move our planet much closer to the day the cures are a reality.

Thank you for helping,
Andy

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(written prior to the 2013 ride)
2013: This Is Personal
If you have landed on this page, I expect that you already know at least part of my story. I am a two-time cancer survivor and the son/grandson/nephew of 3 breast cancer battlers. I am proud and humbled to be Living Proof. And the mission of the PMC, to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers, is one that I pour my energy into every day, every week, every month, every year. And I will continue to do so until the glorious day, until we find a cure.

This year is my 7th year riding the PMC. Thanks to the generosity of over 200 friends, families, and colleagues, over $40,000 has been contributed in my name in the past 6 years. Last year - my comeback year - was the biggest yet. And it was another year of learning about more friends and loved ones of friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. With each one, I receive a stunning reminder that my effort and commitment to this mission must continue on. To do what I can to help.

And now it comes to you. What would you give to save a live? What if it was the life of a loved one, a friend, or a college roommate? What if it was your child? What if it was you?

Make a donation and save lives. It is that simple.

Please read my blog for updates on my road to recovery and updates on my training and fundraising efforts. I hope to see you soon.

Best,
Andy

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(written prior to the 2012 ride)
2012 - I am glad you are here.
2011 was not a whole lot of fun, being forced to tackle cancer head on and beat it again. When you get that diagnosis, like I did last March, about all you can do is put your head down and charge forward. No one says "hey, I want to beat cancer this year". If you are lucky enough to do it, then you did what you had to do. It is really that simple. For me and many others, there was never another option.

The same is true about riding the PMC. This year, I will be 10 months removed from my final chemo treatment, and as I write this in January, I have not been on my bicycle for 18 months. But, some way, I will be in Sturbridge ready to go.

Now here is the challenge for you! Donate. I guarantee you that I am not the only person that you will meet in your lifetime that has had cancer. And through the PMC and our efforts to make cancer history, more of the people in your life that are stricken will be cured. Make a donation and save lives. It is that simple.

Please read my blog for updates on my recovery and updates on my training and fundraising efforts. I hope to see you soon.

All the best,
Andy

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NEWS ABOUT MY 2011 RIDE (April 4, 2011)
Last week, I learned that Hodgkins Lymphoma has decided to return to my life and invade my body. Fifteen years. Time for a rematch. I am not sure what that means yet for treatment (please read my blog for updates), I will find this out soon. I am also not sure what it means yet for my ride - if I will be done treatment and strong enough to ride 200 miles in 2 days. But I am sure that I hate cancer now more than ever and am more committed to raising money so EVERYONE BEATS CANCER! My passion is re-doubled - please read my original message for 2011 below about why I ride the Pan Mass Challenge.

ORIGINAL POST (JAN. 2011)
I am back for my 5th PMC in 2011. This year marks my 15th year of Life With Cancer. More thoughts and dreams to follow....

First off, I have to say thank you to all my supporters for doing your part to make this happen. In 4 years, 175 people have donated to my ride a total of $26,179. I am in awe of the continued encouragement and support I receive from all of you. And it is because of you that I am, right now, committed to riding my 5th PMC in 2011 to celebrate my 15th year of life after my cancer treatment!

I am now more committed to this cause than ever.

  • Because of the encouragement and support that you have given me.
  • Because of the notes and phone calls I receive from friends who just want to talk about their family’s battle against cancer.
  • Because of the knowledge that a world where cancer is treatable, manageable, and curable is obtainable, if not in my lifetime, then in my daughter’s.
  • Because one of you receives an email from Senator John Kerry every year about the PMC and to get a donation and you write him back to tell him that you are on board, but that you will supporting me instead of him.
  • Because of the hundreds of signs, put up along the PMC route by people I don’t know and will never meet, thanking the riders for riding a bike, saying that their mom or dad or son or daughter now have a chance to beat the cancer that they are fighting.
  • Because of the families in my life that are battling this disease right now.

Four words: A cure for cancer.

That is the ultimate goal. The PMC is one part of the grand mission to make that happen. My annual ride is just one small piece of that mission. Your continued emotional and financial support in all of this is INVALUABLE.

I will kick off my fundraising next February 23rd, the 15th anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. My fundraising goal for 2011 will be $7,500 (5 years of riding X 15th anniversary x $100). I know that I can count on you for your support!






Total Raised

$3,546.5

Goal

$10,200

Progress




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

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In honor of Chuck Seguin.
Margaret Gottlieb $100 You are tackling a very long distance this year - way to go! Enjoy riding with Norm too. Very best, M
Howard & Jeannie Schwartz
Tara Greco $100
Paulina Beeche Larrain
Jennifer McCleary
Pamela Tanton $25
Malcolm Ray
Catherine Mamer $100 We love you, Andy, ride on.
Hugh Ivory $100
Arienne Blandina Great work, yet again, Andy!! Proud of you! xoxo, the Blandinas
Peter Jackson $25 Keep up the great work Andy!
Harish Nataraj Rock on Andy! you are an inspiration!
Nicole Kerner $50 Good luck!!! Kerners will be cheering you on from NC:)
Kevin Kostic Have a great ride Andy! Just remember, in the words of Yogi Berra, " Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too." Go get 'em!!!
Tom & Dede Scanlon
Sandra Lynch Goodluck and have a great ride!
Lynde Pratt Wish we could ride with you, but know that we're riding with you regardless of our physical location. :)
Barbara Wolf-Gordon Andy, Thanks for all you do to help stop cancer! XOXO Barbara
Brittany Zelgowski $25 Friend of Suzanne's showing support for the cause!
Chuck and Lonna Seguin $43
Elise Devito $30
Anne Kahl Go Andy!!!!!
Richard Demers See you there..maybe?
Patricia Leoboldt $100 Have a great ride, Andy!
Al Marzi
David and Jean Sacra Best of luck on your 9th PMC, Andy! Dave and Jean Sacra
Mehreen Butt Happy Birthday Andy and all the best on this year's ride! I will be cheering for you and your dad!
Natalie Slopen
Jennifer Chisholm $25 Happy birthday, Andy! Thinking of you and your dad today! :)
Tracy Kartye Happy Birthday Andy! We're really happy to support your ride again this year.
Daniel Tancredi
Eleanor and Micah Kiel $100 To a great man and his father in law-- may this ride be momentous for your relationship and for cancer research! We love you both!
Timothy Seguin
Carol Steiner
Irma Ruiz
Diane Decker $50 Thrilled you're out there again and with a special partner this year!
Suzanne and Flint Decker Andy, we are so proud of you. Can't wait to see you and Dad at the pie stop. We love you. Suzanne and Flint
Rob Cantrell Congrats on 19 years Andy! Keep on spinning!
Dan Cohen you are a super duper brave dude.
Broc Silberzahn
Kristina Curro
Emily Kontos
Pat Andrews Keep kicking cancers' butt, Andy!
Christopher Santillo
Norm Decker Keep on truckin'
Ak Stout Keep on ROCKIN'!

My Rides

2015 $3,546.5 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2014 $8,800.37 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2013 $8,906 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2012 $7,302 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2011 $6,652.73 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2010 $7,033.62 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2009 $7,244.13 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2008 $6,875 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2007 $5,026 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
Andy's Personal Gallery