Read about some of my past PMC experiences.
I have ridden the Pan-Mass Challenge 7 times and have raised nearly $40,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
In 2009 I rode in my very first Pan-Mass Challenge. It was an incredible experience that far surpassed my expectations. The ride itself was only 2 days, the journey it took me on is life long. I learned a great deal about how cancer has affected the people in my life.
A month before the 2009 PMC ride my step-father, Rod, was diagnosed with Renal Cancer. A week after my 2009 ride his kidney was removed. He was lucky. It turned out to be Stage 3 Renal Cancer and they believe they "got it all". He has successfully completed his chemotherapy treatments and will now be monitored in case it comes back.
[UPDATE] - Less than 2 months before my 2011 Pan-Mass Challenge ride Rod's cancer suddenly came back in the form of a brain tumor. That June he lost his battle.
So please help me raise funds to fight cancer.
New for PMC 2016: PMC Marty on Periscope! @PMC_M8R
I plan on experimenting with Periscope between now and the 2016 PMC in hopes of being able to "live stream" during that weekend. (I'm going to need a really big battery!)
This tumblr blog is essentially my Pan-Mass Challenge journal. I'll occasionally post about training rides. I also repost my "call for donations" emails here and re-share them across various social media channels, (in 2015 this method accounted for 11 donations totalling $912 that I would not have otherwise raised :-) ).