2008 = $35 Million

Tom Melville, news director at NECN; Larry Lucchino, president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox; Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the Pan-Mass Challenge; and Dr. Edward J. Benz, President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, display the $35 million check.
Tom Melville, news director at NECN; Larry Lucchino, president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox; Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the Pan-Mass Challenge; and Dr. Edward J. Benz, President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, display the $35 million check.

WOW! $35 million from a bike-a-thon. Not bad for a weekend’s work by 5,000+ riders and 2,500+ volunteers. It is the single largest contribution made to the Jimmy Fund, representing almost 50 percent of the charity’s annual revenue. A long way from the first ride, 29 years ago, with 36 riders raising $10,200.

Again, every single dollar raised by riders has been donated directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. That means that every single dollar that the 130 friends and family members have donated to my efforts has been given directly to the Jimmy Fund.

Dana-Farber President Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD said at the Check Presentation event last night, “When they write the book on how cancer was beaten, the riders of the PMC will be in the first chapter”.

I had the tremendous honor of being able to attend this event. I will post a picture later on, as soon as I can figure out how to get it off my new phone. Let me tell you – I really wanted to go on a bike ride after last night’s event.

Official PMC Post: http://panmasschallenge.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/pmc-donation-in-the-news/

Final Team Forza G Fundraising Results

UPDATED on 11/7/2008 – as it turns out, there was some last minute donations to Team Forza-G that I was not aware about – so the team total did make it over $150k. The grand total by Team Forza-G total is $151,461!


Team Forza G - 2008
Team Forza G - 2008

The deadline of PMC fundraising for 2008 was Sunday, November 1st and the final results for our team, Forza G, are in. The 25 members of Forza G raised $149,988 in 2008 for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. As some of my teammates said yesterday, “$12? I wish I had known.” $12 more would have meant $150k for the team, quite an accomplishment. An average take by each member of $6,000, led by two team members Steve and Joe who combined for over $35,000 on their own. Kudos and congrats to the entire team, in particular Steve and Joe!

Next year – $200,000 for Team Forza G!

The team on Sunday
The team on Sunday

On Thursday of this week, the PMC will announce their total donation to the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber for 2008. Last year, the total was $33 million (my post), well above the goal of $27 million. This year’s goal was stated to be $34 million, and as of October 7th, the total fundraising for 2008 was posted on the PMC website as $33 million! I can’t wait to see what the total will be for 2008!

Thanks again to everyone of the people who donated to my effort this year and to the efforts of all my teammates on Team Forza G as well. We are making cancer history!

Thanks to You!

Thanks to the over 100 friends, colleagues, and family members who donated to my PMC ride this year! With contributions from Adam, Aaron, and Kevin this week, I have reached my initial goal of $6,700 and am now onto a bigger goal…. $7,500. It is still not to late to donate for 2008 or to start saving your pennies for 2009. 

It is 303 days until the start of next year’s ride. I have some thoughts of BIGGER. FASTER. STRONGER. LONGER? that I will share in January when I register. I am going to kick it up a level!

More announcements coming soon – THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE.

Deadline to Donate Coming Soon!

It has been a while since I wrote you about the Pan-Mass Challenge and my ride in 2008. Back on the 1st weekend in August, my 5,000 fellow PMC riders and I all took to the rode 192 miles fromSturbridge to Provincetown, MA to show our commitment to fundraising to help the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in its quest to provide life-saving care and cure-finding research. This was my second PMC and it was again a great event and I really had a great time on the ride.

It has been 12 1/2 years since cancer became a significant part of my life. And time and time again since then, my family and my friends and friends/family of friends have been diagnosed with cancer. Some have been lucky like me. Others have not. I am here today, because of those who came before me, and believed that there could be a cure for cancer, and advocated for funding and did the research. I am not a scientist or a politician. But I, and you, can still help. With everything going on in the world right now, do you think that there will be money going to cancer research in the next budget? No! And do you know how close we are to curing cancer? Close enough that it can be cured in our lifetime….. yes, our lifetime. This is our chance to make a world of difference. Let’s make cancer history, so our loved ones don’t have to battle this disease anymore. 

Now the final pitch. Last year, I was able to raise $5,000 for Dana-Farber and I have committed to raise a minimum of $6,700 and have a personal goal of 50% more for my second ride, a total of $7,500! Almost 100 people have already contributed to my fundraising this year and I am asking for your help to reach my goal for 2008. The PMC last year raised $33 million and should pass that this year. Every single dollar (100%) of all money you donate will go directly to help cure cancer and treatcancer patients and support their families at the Dana Farber. Please visit my fundraising page beforeOCTOBER 1st to make a donation.

I thank you for your time, your donation, and your support. All the best!

Got Comcast?

If you are a Comcast subscriber and wish to see the PMC Opening  Ceremonies: go to On Demand: Go to Get Local; Go to Local Networks; Go to NECN; Go to Entertainment; Scroll to PMC Opening Ceremony from Sturbridge.

Or you can visit NECN.com and watch 2008 PMC Kickoff Event highlights or Saturday highlights or Sunday highlights.

I will have another quick post later today or tomorrow about my vacation and my bike adventure.

Two Weeks After the Ride

getting ready to ride the 2008 PMC.
getting ready to ride the 2008 PMC.

I have been on a much needed respite from non-work related online activities since the PMC. The weeks leading up to the ride involved a lot of work time, a lot of bike time, and a lot of fundraising time. Not enough time spent with my wife and my dog. So the last couple of weeks, those two have been my focus.

But tonight, the dog has been fed and walked, and my wife is out late. Therefore, I have had some time to think, look at some PMC photos from the ride gallery (my photos are here), and listen to fellow survivor Jon Lester pitch for the Sox. This is a good time to take stock of what we have done and look forward to what we need to do next.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE

Well, another 200 miles ridden by me (ok, it was 187.5), and by my best guess, all riders rode a collective 700,000 plus miles. As of this morning, the ride has received $25.2 million in donations from over 192,000 people. Thanks to the generosity of you, my family, and friends, I have raised about $6,300 this year (by the way – there is still time to make a donation). Team Forza-G, the great group of dedicated PMCers who I fundraise and ride with, has collectively raised over $98,000!

But what have we accomplished here. Together, the riders, the donators, the organizers have put their money where their mouth is, and said “it is time that someone made cancer history” and we are backing the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to do it. It has been a long time since I was diagnosed and treated for cancer, 12 years. The treatments and diagnostic techniques are better today than they were then. And they will be even better tomorrow, thanks to you. The kids at Dana Farber getting treatments today have a better chance of making it than ever before. And the odds and chances will continue to get better each and every day because of the dedicated and talented staff at DFCI that benefits from the PMC. What have we accomplished is an amazing thing – improve the chance that someone can survive cancer.

WHAT WE HAVE LEFT TO DO

Now we need to finish the job. Here is the essence and meaning of the CHALLENGE. This is from the PMC website:

“Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers.”

Got it? All cancers. All the time. For anyone. Everyone deserves more than a chance at life. This is the challenge that the PMC has undertaken. Pedal and fund-raise until cancer is gone.

So what do we have to do next? Keep riding and keep asking for more money. I rode my bike to work today, proudly wearing my PMC 2008 jersey, hoping that someone would see it and wonder how they could get involved. Well – here is how – ride, volunteer, ask for donations, make a donation. I don’t really care how you do it, but I believe, with all my heart, that your efforts will affect the quality of life of someone that you know in your lifetime. Think about that for a second and if you believe it, then you will know what you need to do.

Time to go write some more thank you notes and get ready to ride again tomorrow. I am planning on something bigger and better for 2009 as far as the ride goes. More plans later on.

I hope that you have a nice day. Hug someone that you love.

2008 PMC Stats and Recap

Michele and me, Mile 102 in Wareham (Saturday)... click to see more photos
Michele and me, Mile 102 in Wareham (Saturday)

What a great PMC weekend! So many great memories, such a great ride, and I am so confident that this year, the PMC will raise over $34 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I am so excited about the entire event right now, I have already set my countdown clock on my PC to next year’s weekend (Aug 1 & 2, 2009).

All PMC riders received an email yesterday from the PMC to announce the statistics from this weekend’s ride. Thought I would share them.

Riders Starting in Count Route Taken Count
Sturbridge 2,837 2-day to P-town 3,732
Wellesley (Sat) 2,096 2-day to Wellesley 214
Wellesley (Sun) 304 1-day 997
Total Riders 5,237 Sunday Loop Ride 304
Total Registered 5,558

Average age: 43
Male: 63%
Female: 37%

And now for some of my riding stats from the weekend:

Days Enjoyed Riding the PMC: 2

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