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The PMC has raised over $100 million for the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the last 25 years. Nearly 95% of every dollar raised goes directly to Dana-Farber.

Dana-Farber is one of the most respected cancer research and treatment facilities in the world, and they have an excellent rating from Charity Navigator.

The PMC has paired me up with a Pedal Partner named Eric Donovan. He is a 16 year old who is undergoing treatment at Dana-Farber. I got to meet him before I left for the trip, and after hearing about how grueling his treatments are, it makes what I'm doing seem pretty easy.

Pedal Partner Eric Donovan is the good looking one on the right

My goal is to raise $125,000 for the Jimmy Fund / Dana-Farber though the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC).

You can now donate on-line via PMC's eGifts Page. My eGift ID is CH0101. If you are kind enough to make a donation, please send me an email and let me know.

If you are an old stick-in-the-mud, and don't like doing online donations, here are some instructions for writing out a check, courtesy of my mom:

Checks should be made out to PMC, Jimmy Fund or DFCI or any combination of the three. Please address the envelope to:

Charles Hamilton, 25355-6
PMC
77 Fourth Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

And, if that isn't enough to get you to give, here is an email I got from someone whose life was saved by the folks at Dana-Farber:

I want to let you know that I am a two-time cancer survivor and have been treated at the Dana Farber for 25 years now. As a teenager, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease 25 years ago, successfully treated and in remission since that time. In July of 2002, I was diagnosed with squemous cell carcinoma, a long-term effect of the radiation I was treated with for the Hodgkins. That surgery went well and I am in remission from that cancer at this writing.

I know you probably don't need another reason to do this ride but I really wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts. I would not be here today without the efforts of people like you, the Jimmy Fund and the medical staff at Dana Farber. As a matter of fact, even the long-term effects of treatment have been drastically reduced. The amount of radiation and chemo given today is a small fraction of that given when I was treated. I consider myself very lucky to have been treated at Dana Farber and to go on to have a fine life. I am married, have two beautiful children (a miracle in itself given the extent of the radiation treatment), a career I enjoy and I continue to work with the Jimmy Fund.

Being a huge baseball fan, I wish I could join you on the ride but I just don't think I could take that kind of time off work. I am doing the Pan Mass Challenge and the Marathon Walk this year and would love to ride with you at the Pan Mass.

Best of luck, there's a lot of us survivors rooting for you and the great thing is there are more of us every day because of your efforts.

Have a great ride, God Bless and hope to meet you at some point.