Three days left. Then we head to Sturbridge and prepare for the start of the 2015 Pan Mass Challenge, a 2-day, 200-mile bicycling fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Am I ready? I haven’t trained enough, I’m riding more slowly than I’d like, but – yes, I’m ready.
A few years back, the PMC organization ran a series of rider profiles simply entitled “363/2.” For those of us who have ridden for a number of years, the significance of the figure is immediately apparent. The PMC weekend is a two-day period like no other. Over 5,000 cyclists, thousands of volunteers, thousands more well-wishers along the route, all inspired by a desire to do something concrete to take us a couple of steps closer to ridding the world of cancer. So, thank you all for joining me on this special two-day journey. Many of you have sent the checks and clicked on the donate buttons. Thank you! (The rest of you still can: http://j.mp/pmc-dch
) We’re going to blow the roof off – raising $45 million this year and $500 million over the life of this event.
Now I get to ride my bike for two days: it’s a pleasure to have no other responsibilities, to have strangers bringing me powerade and peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches, to ride with my son Michael (sponsor his ride too, if you haven’t already :) - http://j.mp/pmc-mrh
) and my old friend Hillel who got me into this thing in the first place, to live once again in my two-day-a-year village on wheels, to experience the familiar sights and sounds along the way: bubble machines, garage bands, high school cheerleaders, thousands of people calling out “Thanks for riding!”, bagpipes, balloon archways over the road, creative water stop volunteer attire (and let’s not forget the ice couch of Wellfleet!) – and to reflect on the lives of those who are no longer here, and on the experiences of those who have tangled with cancer and come out the other side.
If you’d like to follow along this weekend, I recommend Twitter. You don’t need an account. Just follow the link to the #PMC2015 hashtag at http://j.mp/1LTAAhf
to see everyone’s tweets about the PMC, or just follow my tweets:@healthblawg- http://twitter.com/healthblawg
. There will be plenty of photos included, so you may get a glimmer of what it’s like to be there. To borrow a meme brought to mind by the recent Fare Thee Well concerts ... There is Nothing Like the Pan Mass Challenge.