This year, instead of pursuing my own triathlon goals, I decided to tackle a different sort of challenge. In less than two months, I will be riding from Wellesley to Provincetown (163 miles) as part of the Pan-Mass Challenge (or PMC).
The PMC is a bike-a-thon started in 1980 that has donated over $375 million to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I am riding for my mom, a breast cancer survivor, and my grandpa who has fought off colon, bladder and skin cancers. I am riding for my uncle who struggles with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It's about my aunts who have fought breast cancer. It's about my friend's mom who suddenly passed away from ovarian cancer. And it's about another friend's dad who lost his battle with metastatic liver cancer last year.
The list of family and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer unfortunately goes on. However challenging this ride may be for me, it's all about riding for those who cannot, for those who are fighting cancer and those supporting them.
The baked goods up for auction look delicious and include some gluten-free and dairy-free treats, even sugar-free ones that would be perfect to fuel training rides. There is also some of my award-winning tomato jam up for grabs, as well as a copy of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. So go on over and check it out .