If you’ve visited the PMC website recently, you saw the proud unveiling of the $35 million donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Holding up that expensive check were three young girls from Needham: Emma Zeiger, Sami Swartz, and Allison Lebwith. Emma is a remarkable young girl who has become an important part of the PMC Kids Rides family.
Emma’s father, Jay Zieger, was a PMC cyclist and cancer patient. Jay Zieger rode in the PMC for five–and–half years while receiving treatment for cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Jay lost his battle with cancer in 2007 at age 43. Emma wanted to make sure that his legacy of riding and raising money for cancer care continued. In the three months after her father’s passing, Emma raised $2,500 and participated in her first PMC Kids Ride.
The 2008 PMC Newton-Needham Kids Ride was held on Father’s Day. Emma and her family were there front and center.
This year, she has raised nearly $7,000 in her father’s name, bringing her total contribution to the PMC to nearly $10,000. Her mother, Karen, and 17-year-old brother, Max, and 20 other family members were at the kids ride cheering for Emma, all dressed in purple “Team Jay Zieger” t-shirts. Purple was Jay’s favorite color.
The PMC Newton–Needham Kids Ride raised more than $77,000 this year.
We were so thrilled to have Emma and her friends participate in our 2008 check presentation, where they helped to unveil the $750,000 Kids Ride donation. There were some 30 Kids Rides events this year, stretching from New England to Maryland. Click here to learn more and get involved in next year’s rides.