I have had the privilege to ride and fundraise for 6 years on behalf of the PMC via the Boston Bruins Foundation. I am always amazed at the outcomes the PMC fundraising is able to deliver for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Every year I witness survivors riding and riders bearing the names of those no longer with us, honoring those who lost their battle with Cancer. Sadly, this August, I sense a very emotional 2 day ride for me. I lost my Mom on Oct 14, 2018 after a very courageous 2 year battle with Leukemia. So, this year will make for a very special PMC ride. I am able to ride with some amazing people, be a part of a phenomenal team with the Bruins Foundation, cheered on by family and best of all, I get to honor my Mom with this ride.
As anyone who has experienced a personal or family member battling with cancer, the hashtag #CancerSucks says it all. I could not do justice to sharing the specific details of her battle, the sick days, the chemo, the transplants, the long hospital stays etc. and she, like many people who lost their battle to Cancer would rather people remember and celebrate their best days. We fundraise through the PMC to help Dana Farber fund mission critical Cancer research which would otherwise go unmet. This is sooo important. This fundraising does make a difference..
So I will let my Mom’s best days on Earth inspire me to ride and fundraise so that my efforts may help contribute to someone else having a better chance at a life saving outcome. To be honest, when you lose an important person in your life to cancer, you have an initial, adverse reaction to getting on a bike and riding 200 miles “for what ?” Then you reason that if 5,000 riders raising $60M can help drive a life saving outcome for some Mom, Brother, Sister, Father, Husband, Wife, Child, Grandmother….isn’t it worth the effort ?
I thank you for considering a donation to my 2019 PMC ride, I have had such awesome support from colleagues, friends, family and complete strangers.
Be Well and Do Good..
Thanks for everything Mom, this ride is for you..
A Thank You to My Supporters:
The Quirbach Family