Saturday, July 30, 2011

Riding to Fight Cancer at the PMC

Since 2008, my husband has been participating in the fabulous Pan-Mass Challenge which is an annual 192-mile bike-a-thon, held over two days, to raise money for cancer research. He's been training, as always, for months to prepare.

The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser. Cyclists travel from 34 states and six countries to ride in the PMC. Nearly 300 riders are cancer survivors or current patients. Some PMC cyclists are weekend warriors like my husband and others are trained triathletes.

Many PMC participants ride in honor of a family member or friend fighting the disease. Cyclists range in age from 13 to 87. The average PMC cyclist is 43 years old, trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors, and raises more than $6,000. During PMC weekend and throughout the year, nearly 3,000 volunteers donate their time and 200 corporations provide in-kind donations of products or services. This year, these cyclists are hoping to raise $34 million all together! Isn't that fantastic?

My favorite part of this wonderful event is that 100% of rider-raised funds go directly to cancer research!

Here's my annual card to celebrate the upcoming event!

Pedal Power
Stamp: Billy Rides a Bike (digi from Pink Cat)
Paper: Whisper White, Only Orange, Brocade Blue and Glorious Green
Ink: various copic markers

If you would like to join the fight against cancer, please help my husband reach his fund-raising goal and visit his PMC page.

To find out more about the PMC, check out pmc.org where there's lots of information about the PMC, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

4 comments:

  1. Wow Shar, thats so cool your hubby rides for the cause, darling card.

    hugs Lynn

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  2. Great card. My hubby does a bike ride for charity too- what a great cause your hubby is riding for- I bet most people are affected by a cancer diagnosis!

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  3. wonderful cause and delightful card

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  4. Such a wonderful cause that your DH rides for! Adorable card!

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