Cycling For A Cure: Part 6

2012 marks my 6th year riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge and raising money for The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  With your help, we’ve managed to raise over $23,000 so far, but the challenge still remains.  With five years of fundraising data in the books, some trends  from within my annual donor base have started to emerge.  After a steady increase in both total and average amount per donor, overall donations fell in 2011, making last year my lowest total ever.  For the first time I came up just short of reaching the required, minimum fundraising amount ($4,200 in 2011).  Please help me make this a one-year blip rather than a trend!

*2011 Actual = $4,045; $4,200 represents minimum donation charged

The number of donors also fell slightly, though the number of repeat donors continue to grow and remain strong.

In that same time, the number of people affected by cancer whom I have known personally or through association has grown.  This year, I will ride in memory of Bill T, Dave K, Elizabeth W, Gordon C, Irina C, Jennifer L, Johnny A, Coach C, John F, Judy R, Mike W, Noah Y, Nora D, Tyler, and William H.  I am riding on behalf of those who continue to fight, including Alan L, Betty, Carolyn N, Diane R, Don N, Jeff, Joyce K, Judy, Julie O, Kathy R, Kristin H, Lori B, Nancy M, Paul R, TJ H, and Tracy W.  Once again, I ask for your support raising money for The Jimmy Fund.  And once again, 100% of your donations will go to directly to cancer research and treatment.

As in years past, I will draw from a list of all donors for a chance to win $200 (just think, you could actually MAKE money by donating, to say nothing of the tax benefits!). You can choose from one of the following, easy methods to donate:

1) Make an online donation: The following link will take you to my Pan-Mass Challenge Profile: You can also go to, click on eGifts and search for me by my ID (HU0001) or name to make a donation.

2) Text to Give to My Ride: Just text “PMC HU0001” to 20222 to donate $10. You will receive a message asking you to confirm by replying “Yes.” It’s that easy!

3) Mail in a payment: Checks can be made payable to the PMC, Jimmy Fund, DFCI, or any combination of the three (please don’t make it out to me). Please send your checks directly to me so that I can process them with the standard forms, etc. If you would prefer to send your check directly to the PMC, however, please include a note indicating you are sponsoring me and send the check to: PMC, 77 4th Avenue, Needham, MA 02494.

Thank you for your continued generosity, and see you on the road!

Heath Umbach

Harpoon B2B Finish Line


About healthitjunkie

Over the past 18 years, I've had the pleasure of experiencing healthcare as a provider, administrator, technology vendor and enthusiast. Regardless of one's perspective or position, the challenge and promise of technology to impact healthcare has never been greater or more exciting. Although I'm passionate about healthcare technology, my "real" job is as a husband and father of two who also happens to enjoy cycling as much as possible.

Posted on June 17, 2012, in cancer, cycling, PMC and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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