Andy Seguin's Ride

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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!





Andy's PMC Total

$5,718.12

Goal

$10,200

My Progress

My Online Supporters

Griffin Partilla $50 Andy - you're an inspiration to us all...
Kevin Kostic
Suzanne and Flint Decker So proud, so inspired. Can't wait to see you at the pie stop. We love you. Suzanne and Flint
Patricia Leoboldt $100 Have a great ride! Love Patty and Tom
$50 Andy, Thank you for all you do to fight Cancer!
Sean Cornelius
Merrill Allen Ride on, Andy!
Deborah Pazzaglini
Ken Krilla $300 you keep riding more miles, i'll keep donating more money. i like knowing you're geared up each year to kick cancer's a$$. ride on my friend, ride on!
Andrew Gottlieb Great job Andy. Rooting for you. This will be matched by my employer, Microsoft as well.
Dan Cohen I'm honored to know you and to join you on this journey.
Laura Tikonoff
Tara Greco Always amazed by your dedication and determination. Inspiration for all! Tara
Jennifer Simmelink McCleary
Tracy Kartye Go Andy! We're so proud to have you as a friend. Tracy and Bill
Jenna Hight So sorry to hear about your Dad, Andy. Best of luck with the ride this year! Love, Jenna and Joshua
Nicole Kerner $75 Good luck Andy!! May it be the best ride ever:)
Have a great ride, Andy! We're so proud of you. Love, Jen & Robert P
Mehreen Butt Good Luck and all the best Andy!
Catherine Mamer $100 Here is $100 for your extra 100 miles. Please take my nephew Matt Mamer (lymphoma) and my high school friend Lael Wiegele with you in your pocket. Much love from Catherine of Quail
Malcolm Ray $50 Rooting for your Dad,Glad you can do this....Mac
Lynde Pratt And Ron Masotta Thanks, Andy, for continuing to inspire us all. Have a great ride!
Daniel Kenary
Meghan Mclaughlin Andy, you are an inspiration! My thoughts and prayers are with your dad and all of your family. Thank you for continued and amazing efforts. Miss you tons! Love you. XOXO
Edna Ellis Best wishes for a good ride and for good weather!!!
Kevin Cain $25 Good luck Andy! You are amazing!
Ak Stout $25
Randi Cohen
Lyndsay Calusine
Bronwyn Sewell
Lisa Swett $50 In honor and memory of all those who fight the battle.
Arienne Blandina Proud of you, Andy, as always!
Meghan Irvine Good luck Andy!
Carol Steiner
Al Marzi
Anne Kahl Go Andy!
Hugh Ivory
Allan Maccurrach Have a great ride Andy!
Goooooooooooo Andy!
Marianne Hickey $100 Good luck Andy and may the wind be at your back!!
Kevin Kostic Here's wishing you strong legs and good lungs. Congratulations and have a great ride!
Jessica Cox Go for it Andy! See you there,beer in hand!
Celebrating a cancer free birthday for you -- HOORAY -- and knowing a mentor of mine is in tumor removal surgery tonight. Keep training, keep riding, keep talking. We love you. Suzanne and Flint
Christopher Santillo
Daniel Tancredi
David and Jean Sacra
Taylor Zansberg In Judaism, the number 18 means/symbolizes chai/life! To life and good luck! Happy birthday!
Lonna Seguin $50 Ride, Ride, Ride your bike. Get ready to ride across Massachusetts. When the "race " is won there will be no more cancer. Ride on!!! That day will come. Mom & Dad
Jacquelyn Knight Aubrey Good luck Andy!
Renee Popkin
Norman Decker So glad you're not only back in the saddle, but going strong for both your 3-day and dollar goals. Ride Strong!
Diane Decker $50
Kent Miller $50
Emily Rothman $25
Sarah Kirkell $100
Edna Ellis
Emily Kontos $32 You are such an inspiration Andy. We donated $32 in honor of how old Alex was when he was diagnosed. Ride on!
Rich Polt $18 There ... have another 18 minutes on the trainer (but these can't be low intensity minutes. I want you riding at threshold!) :-)
Pat Andrews $50 Andy, every year you keep showing everyone how to kick cancer's butt. Keep on riding!
We were late to the 18 for 18 party - your saddle must be getting sore by now! 18 years of surviving and thriving - can't think of a better reason to celebrate. Love, Suzanne and Flint
Malcolm Ray $50
Sean Hamel
Cary Weston $50 Good luck Andy!
Michael Kelley $25 Best of luck Andy- stay inspirational.
Jennifer Simmelink McCleary
Dave Schmitter
Brian Lachance
Tara Greco $100 Andy, Wishing you the best this year and every year! Tara
Diane King $18
David Fortenberry To anyone that has ever had to live with or has a loved one who has had to live with cancer, you are true heroes and inspire so many others with your bravery. God bless you all and Riiiiiide!
Nan Hill $18 Ride Andy Ride! You're my Hero!
Meag Casey You're amazing! (Now get on the trainer!)
Michael Bowers $18
Catherine Mamer $18 Can't wait to celebrate your 50th anniversary. Blessings Andy. Ride on.
Paul Legere $18
Kenneth Maguire $18 Good Luck Andy!
Amanda Fakhreddine You got this!

My Rides

2014 $5,718.12 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)
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