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Sitting on A Cure for Cancer – 2012

May 23, 2012 Interests No Comments

 

Sitting on a Cure for Cancer 2012 from Barry Chaiken on Vimeo.

Short video reviewing the last three years of my Pan-Mass Challenge ride – a 2 day, 193 mile event that raises funds to defeat cancer by contributing funds to the research efforts of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. This year’s ride is August 4-5, 2012. To review my story and make a donation visit this link – pmc.chaiken.com.

See you on the road.

 

Barry P. Chaiken

PMC 2011 – Still On the Road

June 25, 2011 Interests No Comments
PMC 2011 – Still On the Road

Last year was filled with some happiness and some worry. While Beka’s mom is doing great, fighting and so far defeating her non-smoking lung cancer, my mom’s lifelong friend Miriam just began a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. And a close friend, former rider, and longtime Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) volunteer escaped a cancer scare with a cure after they removed a small chunk of skin from his chest. For all of these people and many more we do not know, we need to continue our fight to defeat cancer.

It’s been 27 years since cancer took my dad from me. He was such a brave man, always thinking positively and never complaining. A year after his death, in 1985, I rode my first PMC. The August 6-7 PMC is my 27th ride and one I am looking forward to as much as any of them. The PMC is my opportunity to engage in the fight against cancer while honoring my dad. I sure wish he was here to watch.

Over these years, I rode for friends, colleagues, and people I did not know. I hoped to offer them hope and comfort through my connection to the wonderful PMC family. Perhaps the knowledge that over 6,000 riders and volunteers really cared provided them with a bit of help as they went through one more day fighting cancer. This fight will forever be personal. It has touched my family too hard to ever be forgotten.

Thank you for being part of my PMC family and supporting me now and in years past. Without you, this ride is just 193 miles long. With you, it is a crusade, that we are winning, against a disease that hurts too many of us. Please consider boldly investing in the miracles that are unfolding today. Every single dollar (100%) of your PMC donation fights cancer. We raised more than $33,000,000 last year, reaching $303 mil. overall. I think we can do better. Economic times may be tough for us, but times are tougher for those who are fighting cancer. I need you, and those looking for hope need you.

See you on the road.

Barry P. Chaiken

To donate to the PMC, click here

PMC 2010 – 26th Year Fighting Cancer

July 23, 2010 Interests No Comments
PMC 2010 – 26th Year Fighting Cancer

Dear Friend,

The cancer road stretches far into the distance. More and more people engage in a a personal fight against the disease. Therefore, we all need to fight on with them.

It’s been 26 years since my dad succumbed to cancer. He was brave, never showing fear. A year after his death, in 1985, I rode my first Pan-Mass Challenge, a charity cycling event that raises funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute located in Boston, MA . The August 7-8 PMC is my 26th ride and one I am looking forward to as much as any of them. The PMC is my opportunity to engage in the fight against cancer while honoring my dad. I sure wish he was here to watch.CV PMC 2009 BPC start

Over these years, I rode for friends, colleagues, and people I did not know. I hoped to offer them hope and comfort through my connection to the wonderful PMC family. Perhaps the knowledge that over 6,000 riders and volunteers really cared provided them with a bit of help as they went through one more day fighting cancer. This fight will forever be personal. It has touched my family too hard to ever be forgotten.

Thank you for being part of my PMC family and supporting me now and in years past. Without you, this ride is just 193 miles long. With you, it is a crusade, that we are winning, against a disease that hurts too many of us. Please consider boldly investing in the miracles that are unfolding today. Every single dollar (100%) of your PMC donation fights cancer. We raised more than $30,000,000 last year, reaching $270 mil. overall. I think we can do better.

Times may be tough for us, but times are tougher for those who are fighting cancer. I need you, and those looking for hope need you.

See you on the road.

CV BPCSig2009

To make an online eGift donation click here

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Send checks made out to Pan-Mass Challenge to me at:

Barry P. Chaiken
14 Durham Street
Boston, MA 02115

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About the Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC’s goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers.

Pan-Mass Challenge 2009

August 3, 2009 Interests No Comments
Pan-Mass Challenge 2009

I just completed my 2 day Pan-Mass Challenge, a 193 mile ride that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Jimmy Fund) here in Boston. It is the single largest athletic fund-raising event in the world, raising more than $250 million dollars over the past 30 years. Below is my letter to my friends and colleagues. Please consider supporting me in this effort to eliminate cancer at www.pmc.chaiken.com. (UPDATE: Link to PMC Photos 2009.)

Dear Friends,

Carol’s gone. Just like Eddie, she could not beat the disease away. She was courageous until the end. She spent her last days in her home in Texas with many of her close friends visiting the weeks before she died. Everyone had a chance to say goodbye.

It’s been 25 years since my dad succumbed to cancer. He was brave too, never showing fear. A year after his death, in 1985, I rode my first PMC. The August 1-2 PMC is my 25th ride and one I am looking forward to as much as any of them. The PMC is my opportunity to engage in the fight against cancer while honoring my dad. I sure wish he was here to watch.

Over these years, I rode for friends, colleagues, and people I did not know. I hoped to offer them hope and comfort through my connection to the wonderful PMC family. Perhaps the knowledge that over 6,000 riders and volunteers really cared provided them with a bit of help as they went through one more day fighting cancer. This fight will forever be personal. It has touched my family too hard to ever be forgotten.

Thank you for being part of my PMC family and supporting me now and in years past. Without you, this ride is just 193 miles long. With you, it is a crusade, that we are winning, against a disease that hurts too many of us. Please consider boldly investing in the miracles that are unfolding today. Every single dollar (100%) of your PMC donation fights cancer. We raised more than $35,000,000 last year. I think we can do better. Times may be tough for us, but times are tougher for those who are fighting cancer. I need you, and those looking for hope need you.

See you on the road.

Barry

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