Closer By The Mile: PMC 2011
With over 5,000 riders, 3,000 volunteers, and over $32 million raised, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is the largest athletic fund raiser in the country. 100% of the proceeds go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Bikers are sponsored to ride 180 miles over 2 days. When my parents told me about the PMC, I knew it sounded like a challenge for me.
I was lucky enough to ride with Team Lizard, who are a phenomenal group of people, all age ranges, and all the money raised goes towards alternative cancer care- that is so right up my alley. We had fantastic weather, amazing volunteers, food and drink galore, and thousands of people out motivating the riders all along the route. It was so incredibly inspiring to have so many people clapping, cheering, holding signs of thanks, water bottles, and the occasional sprinkler. But the absolute most amazing part of the weekend was all the survivors, most of them children, along the roads thanking the riders. I remember passing one beautiful young girl who held a sign reading ‘sweet sixteen survivor’. I started weeping. It is events like the PMC that make me realize how many amazing people there are in the world making a difference. And each and every one of us can contribute. So, get biking, running, or whatever and find events in your community where you can meet new people, get active, and be the change in the world that you wish to see.