Why I Ride the Pan-Mass Challenge

Early this month I blogged about Another Reason to Ride, and here it is late in the same month and I am again reminded of why I ride.

People ask us often why we would put ourselves through the grueling effort of training and conditioning,  never mind the time investment that it takes to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge route from Sturbridge to Provincetown on an often hot weekend in early August.  In addition, when a rider commits to a ride, each rider commits to a certain fund-raising minimum which is not a trivial amount.  Fund-raising without corporate donations is often the most difficult as the average donation is smaller.  A rider really puts themselves “out there” to ask everyone they know for donations to support the cause.

However, often the “…Reason to Ride” becomes close to home with the diagnosis of a close family member with Cancer.  That is what happened to me yesterday as I found out that my niece Sherri who lives in Missouri is undergoing chemo and radiation treatment for lung cancer.

I ride “In Memory of” Karl Nawskon, nephew who died of pancreatic cancer about a year ago, and I ride “In Support of” Sherri Ehlenberger as she battles her lung disease.  Training and riding the PMC is nothing compared to battling cancer.  I ride in the hope of making cancer history.

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