Image courtesy PMC
I'm not in a funny mood today. I'm going to be a serious Bumble just for a day and beg you into action. I don't ask you for much of anything, so I hope you find a way to listen and respond, because I know too many people being attacked by cancer.
- There is our friend Claire - who has been undergoing treatment upwards of 8 years. She is in her early 40's and a mother of three elementary aged children who probably don't remember what her real hair looked like.
- There is our friend Mike - also in his 40's. His wedding photos when he was in his 20's show a bald head from chemo and a beaming smile. He is cancer free and raising his family, thankful he was given the time to do so.
- There is Andy's family friend Patty, a virtual member of his family - in her mid-30's, engaged and fighting for her life as we speak. She is about to begin chemo for the second time after 11 months of remission. This time it isn't curable.
- There is Andy's childhood friend Pete - terrified to discover cancer in his mid-30's when he had a little boy at home, surviving his treatment and changing his career path to work with and for people living with cancer.
- There is Molly's boss Ross - in his mid-60's and recently pronounced in remission a year after radiation treatments ended, looking forward to enjoying all of his grandchildren.
- There is Molly's former co-worker Lynne - in her mid-60's with a daughter she adores in her late 20's providing motivation to keep fighting a cancer that never quite goes away.
- There is our friend Janet - familiar to many of you as the blogger extraordinaire at Fond of Snape, host of Friday Fill-Ins, incredible photographer and keeper of Thursday 13. Recently pronounced in remission after completion of her chemo and trying to take advantage of her new lease on life with a new love.
- There is Molly's former co-worker Liz's mom - she refused to let the chemo poison her battered body any further after her cancer came back after years of remission. She died several months after Liz's wedding, leaving her daughter without a mother at the age of 25.
So you need to donate. Right now. Our friend is riding in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge in August and has pledged to raise a minimum of $4,200. Anything he doesn't raise comes out of his own pocket for the privilege to ride across the state over the course of a weekend. You can donate whatever amount you want at his donation page here. And 100% - every single frickin' penny - goes to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to fight adult and pediatric cancer.
The Pan-Mass. Challenge has been around for 30 years. They have raised almost $300 million dollars for Dana-Farber in that period of time. This year's goal is $31 million. Last year they accounted for 50% of all of Dana-Farber's fund raising. It is a big deal. It is a model charity. It is respected. It will be one of the biggest reasons for cancer's cure when that day comes.
I'll let our friend tell you himself why he is riding 150 miles on a bike when he would rather be sitting at a BBQ on a summer day:
"I am riding for my Mom, who passed away in the most dignified way possible from lung cancer. Not long before she left us, she whispered to me “I’m scared”. I held her hand but said nothing, and the feeling of helplessness remains with me. So, this ride will serve in a very small way as my response. "
Donate here knowing that every penny of your tax deductible contribution is going directly to cancer treatment & research right now. To keep children from dying. To keep parents from dying. To keep your family and friends alive.