Pan Massachusetts Challenge Aug 1 & 2
On the first weekend in August, I will again ride the PMC! I am cycling from Bourne to Provincetown which is 80 miles. For 14 years I've committed to raising money for cancer research by participating in the PMC (PanMass Challenge). For 12 years I cycled for two days, last year I volunteered at Family Finish and helped to check in cyclists. This year I really wanted to ride again in honor of family members and others who have been affected by cancer.
The PMC raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country, $414 million since 1980 and $39 million last year alone! This success is the result of a lot of people; riders, volunteers, and supporters who care about finding a cure for cancer. And because every penny matters, 100 percent of your donation goes to DFCI (Dana Farber Cancer Institute).
My husband, John, is now a pancreatic cancer survivor. As often happens, a tumor on the tail of his pancreas was discovered five years ago during a test for something else. He had the tumor removed as well as his spleen. By November he was back in the hospital with sepsis, and after a 2 week stay he came home. Cancer has hit our family before. My parents Joe and Doe Hanley, both died of cancer in 1994 within 4 months of each other. Dad had prostrate cancer for many years and saw everyday as a blessing. Mom was dealt a cruel blow with the diagnosis of bladder cancer and the removal of her bladder two years before her death. She took care of dad until his death a few weeks after their 50th wedding anniversary, an event which was not the gala which they are planned for years, rather intimate and low key, but special nevertheless. We all felt that Dad willed himself to live until their anniversary. Little did we realize how sick Mom was at that time of Dad's death.
Mom died the day after Thanksgiving. It was so much to bare for all of us. My parents would be very proud of my cycling and volunteering in honor of them and many others affected by cancer.
I am acutely aware of the affect that cancer has on all family members. It is my deepest hope that no one has to ever watch another loved one die of cancer. Riding and volunteering in the PMC is my way of fighting back!
Your contribution brings us closer to cure!
I hope that you are able to support me!
Janet H Tortora
17 Chippewa Rd
Westford, MA 01886