Last month, I participated in my eighth Pan Massachusetts Challenge, an annual, two-day bike-a-thon that raises money for cancer research and patient care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). As one of approximately 6,300 riders and 4,000 volunteers, I rode a whopping 187 miles and raised more than $10,000 in donations this year. Talk about a gratifying experience!
More than a charity ride
It’s hard to convey all the positive energy and emotion I experienced during the Pan-Mass Challenge weekend. When I told people I would be riding my bicycle just under 200 miles over two days, a common response was, “Wow; that must be really difficult. I could never do that.”
Don’t feel too sorry for me! What a non-PMCer doesn’t understand is, the Pan-Mass Challenge is really one big party. It’s the best 187 miles you’ll ever spend on a bicycle. Overwhelmingly, my fellow riders have described their experience as personal, emotionally charged, life-affirming and heart-tugging.
Thousands, millions raised to kick cancer
Since its inception in 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised over half a billion dollars for Dana-Farber. It’s the single largest fundraising event of its kind in the U.S. I am humbled to report I was able to raise just over $10,000 this year, thanks in great part to my Amadeus family. More than 40 Amadeus people generously contributed to my ride. Without their support and others outside of the organization, I would never have reached this amazing goal.
This year’s fundraising goal is $46 million. If you would like to contribute, donations will be accepted through the end of September. To learn about my personal journey, visit my event profile page and Tumblr post.
I want to extend a huge thank-you to all the “Amadeus riders” who biked with me in spirit during this year’s event. If you’re up for an amazing challenge of your own next year, I invite you to join me. Registration for the 2017 Pan Massachusetts Challenge ride opens in January.