How appropriate that I’ve waited (procrastinated) long enough to be able to add all of YOU to my list of things for which I am thankful during the holiday season. Thanks to your continued generosity, we were able to contribute $4,630 toward the $37 Million that was delivered to the Jimmy Fund on behalf of the Pan-Mass Challenge on November 4, 2012 (100% of which went directly toward fighting cancer)! The winner of this year’s $200 drawing (randomly picked by the kids from among a slew of construction paper) is Debbie Edson. Your check is in the mail!
This year’s ride was much warmer and dryer than last year’s. About the only new wrinkle was my nickname in the peloton – hunchback – in reference to the bag of ice shoved between my jersey and separated shoulder from 3-weeks prior. Nothing a little Harpoon IPA at the finish couldn’t cure. Debbie and the kids weren’t able to join me at the finish this year as they were successfully representing our swim club in the league championships. I was sad to miss them but knew they would have more fun in the pool than in the car watching 5,000 riders fly by in spandex.
There were many lasting images from the weekend, but I’ll share one in particular from about one month prior to PMC weekend.
Many of you may not know that the Red Sox formed a partnership with the Jimmy Fund back in 1953 – the longest standing, most extensive, and significant team-charity relationship in all of professional sports. The Sox and the Braves (who left Boston for Milwaukee the year the Jimmy Fund/Sox relationship formed) used to play an annual Jimmy Fund charity game in Fenway as a way of breaking Spring Training before the start of the regular season. I know this because my father told me upon our first of many trips to Fenway together. He knows this because he played in that game when he was a Braves rookie, in 1966. I’m willing to bet this donation box was hanging on a column just like this one on that day in 1966 – perhaps with a few less layers of green paint on it, but one like it nonetheless.
The Jimmy Fund endures because of the efforts of volunteers and donors like you. Thank you again for your support for this charity and this important cause.
Dear Family, Friends and Donors,
On Veteran’s Day, the PMC delivered a check for $35 million dollars to the Jimmy Fund, $2M more than in 2010! As always, this year’s ride was very rewarding and filled with inspiring stories of those who have and/or continue to fight against cancer and fond remembrances of those whom we’ve lost. A sincere thank you to everyone who donated again or for the first time. Unfortunately I came up $155 short of the $4,200 minimum this year, but don’t worry as the PMC has my credit card. I’ll be back next year hoping to catch up! This year’s winner of the random $200 drawing is Joyce Kelly. Joyce, your check is in the mail! A short recap of this year’s ride follows. Please also enjoy some photo highlights from this year’s PMC weekend.
|From PMC 2011|
In 1999, upon winning his first Tour de France, Lance Armstrong pledged to ride in the PMC. 12-years and 7 TdF titles later he made good on that promise. His presence certainly amped up the crowd at the opening ceremony as well as the start line early Saturday morning. Lance took off from in front of the crowd as soon as the start gun was fired as he no doubt wanted to avoid the mass of 3,000+ amateurs hoping to suck his wheel for as long as they could stand it. Fortunately, I “caught up” to him at around mile 25 and was able to ride with Armstrong and Senators Kerry and Brown (with Kerry on my left as always).
Day 2 started at 4:30AM in steady rain. By the time we all made it through a cup of coffee and to the start line, the rains had essentially cleared and we were left only to deal with puddles, wet pavement, and constant “tire spit” flying in our faces. Due to our 21+ mph avg., we managed to finish, shower, eat, and get on the road home before the real rains came.
|From PMC 2011|
This year’s ride was dedicated to the memory of Bill, Dave, Elizabeth, Gordon, Irina, Jennifer, Johnny, “Coach” Johnny, John, Mike, Noah, Nora, Tyler, and William and ridden on behalf of Betty, Carolyn, Don, Jeff, Judy, Julie, Kristin, Lori, Nancy, Paul, TJ and Tracy. Sadly, five people were added to the list in the months surrounding this year’s ride. I look forward to the day when that list no longer grows.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a link to a short video entitled What a bike was meant to do. This video best encapsulates what the PMC is about.
Thank you for your continued generosity, and see you on the road!
While this blog is ostensibly about all things healthcare IT, I do have other interests in my life. One of those is cycling and another The Jimmy Fund. As it turns out, those two interests converge each year on the first weekend in August when I ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge. In its 30-year history, the PMC has raised over $270 million dollars for cancer research and treatment through The Jimmy Fund.
By this time each year I will have ridden my bike over 2,000 miles and raised over $4,500 in preparation for this annual ride. I will have sent out 400 emails, 40 letters and still more hand-delivered in neighborhood mailboxes (old school SPAM) requesting donations. Now all I have to do is ride my bike with over 5,000 of my closest friends across the state of Massachusetts in two days. In other words, now the fun (and rewarding) part begins.
You can donate to the cause by visiting the PMC website.