By Randy Pierce
I had heard an old college friend was facing a challenge as his adult son was battling a particularly difficult form of cancer. A silent and stoic type from my recollections, the friend wasn’t reaching out very far and so when an anonymous but connected outreach came to me I was all to eager to lend help. It is often those who reach out the least who may need the support the most.
What I believe here, however, is that there is some healing in taking action. He took the action to ride the Pan Mass Challenge and to reach out and I’d like to share his outreach with all of you. Cancer is such an ugly challenge and there are so many worthy causes I urge you to consider that if this one can resonate for you.
Their blog post is reprinted below:
Why I PMC
Like almost everyone, cancer has touched my family. A cousin, uncle, and grandfather succumbed to this disease. Other family members have been diagnosed and cured. The disease is so pervasive they say if you live long enough everyone will eventually get it.
A year ago, my son Mitch was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer at the age of 20. He has battled like a champion through aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments for a year and his fight will continue on until a cure is found.
I try to imagine the pain, fear, and anxiety felt by cancer patients every day, but it’s not possible. Over the past year, we have met so many skilled and compassionate caregivers and witnessed first-hand the quality of care and effectiveness of available treatments. Let’s help them continue to provide the best possible care, fund innovative research, and improve the prognosis of all afflicted with this horrible disease.
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country. It is a two-day, 192 mile ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown, Mass. The endurance required by the challenge is only a metaphor for that which is required by a cancer patient’s body and mind to fight the disease. All of the proceeds go to support cancer research through the Dana-Farber cancer institute.
If not for Mitch, for someone effected who is close to you – Ride with me or support the battle by sponsoring my ride at http://profile.pmc.org/JL0432