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<-- picture to the left is me 15 minutes before the start of the 2012 PMC
A snowy winter, a lapse in gym membership and a busy work schedule is not making me feel very prepared for this year's Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) - but it will be here before we know it (August 2-3) and I will get on my bike regardless of my training regimen. This will be my 14th year participating in this event and I am proud to say that I have personally raised $150,000 dollars for the fight against cancer. With the fundraising we do this year, Team Perry will be in striking distance of its 5 million dollar milestone! It is truly thrilling to know that we are making a difference! This year will also mark another special milestone for one of my closest friends, Marci Blacker. On March 23rd she will celebrate 10 years cancer free! It will be her 5th PMC riding with Team Perry and I will be riding with her 2 days (170 miles) this year to celebrate this very happy occasion!
As most of you know, my first husband Perry passed away in 1999 after a short battle with cancer of the small bowel. It is hard to believe that it was 14 years ago, July 4th weekend that Perry and I sat in his hospital room to learn of his diagnosis - we were devastated. We had been married less than 2 years and he was the picture of health! We knew it would be a hard road but Perry was a fighter and we had every reason to believe he would beat it. Four months later, he was gone. It is still unthinkable that Perry, a marathon runner and tri-athlete, lost his life at the age of 32.
Living through the tragedy of losing Perry has made me appreciate everything my life has become and giving back is now such an integral part of it.I could not do any of this without the love and support of my husband Josh (and our children Max and Ryan).It is no small feat to manage a team of almost 75 riders who raise approx. $500,000 a year.Josh not only allows me the time to coordinate the troops and go on the much needed training rides while holding down the fort at home, but he also understands my passion to try and make a difference. Words cannot express my love and gratitude for his support - he is an incredible man, husband and father.
During recent discussions with the leader of the GI department at Dana Farber - I was struck by the impact we are really having.The Perry S. Levy Fund for Gastrointestinal Cancer Research at Dana Farber (established shortly after Perry's death), continues to support the annual salary of a named Fellow allowing them to work in the clinic treating patients and also giving them the time to get in the lab for important research. This year, our Fellow, Doug Rubinson has joined Team Perry and will be riding and fundraising with us (a Fellow first!)! Additionally, because of the ongoing fundraising, we have recently approved funding for a ground breaking project that is underway at Dana Farber.We will support the gene sequencing of tumors of 1,000 colorectal cancer patients. This project is expected to transform the understanding of colorectal cancer: (1) Define specific patterns of gene expression in a patient’s tumor that would direct and optimize an individual patient’s cancer treatment plan. (2) Define new genes that will become the next generation of targets for cancer drug development. (3) Identify markers that can be used for early detection screens for cancer to allow earlier diagnosis of a patient’s cancer. (4) Reveal the unique subtypes of colorectal cancer that could offer a new approach to colorectal cancer treatment.We are so excited to support this project.It is believed that this comprehensive effort to examine gene expression in the cancers of 1,000 patients has the potential to transform the approach to cancer research and cancer treatment, and the information generated by the project will fuel cancer investigation for the coming decade.Now that is what I call “making an impact!”
Ok ... so here it comes. The ask!Please GIVE and please know that no amount is too small, I really mean that.
They've made it easy - click the "Donate to My Ride" button below and help us make a difference in the fight against cancer. If you would prefer to donate by check - please make it payable to "PMC-Jimmy Fund" and send it to my home at 33 Liberty Street, Natick, MA 01760. Thank you! Melissa