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.
is one of the most respected cancer research and treatment facilities
in the world, and they have an excellent rating from Charity
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
goal is to raise $125,000 for the Jimmy Fund / Dana-Farber though the
Pan Mass Challenge (PMC).
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.
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
77 Fourth Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
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.