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Kicking off PMC weekend with Senators Brown and Kerry, and Red Sox wives

Braving the heat this year with thousands of dedicated PMC cyclists, Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown put their political differences aside to once again kick off the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge ride at the Sturbridge starting line. Both senators are riding to help raise money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.

Senator John Kerry, PMC Founder and Exectuive Director, BIlly Starr, and Senator Scott Brown get ready to kick off the 33rd PMC at the Sturbridge starting line.

 

Senator Kerry is a 10-time PMC cyclists who is also a survivor of prostate cancer and whose wife, Teresa Heinz, has battled breast cancer. Senator Brown is returning for his third year. Also joining the senators on the ride this year is Chief of Staff, US Army (retired) General George W. Casey.

At the other starting line in Wellesley were Red Sox wives, Holly Beckett, Tiffany Ortiz, and Kathryn Nixon, who came back from North Carolina to rejoin her former Team 9 pals and ride alongside Sox GM Bobby Valentine. For the first time, Stacey Lucchino, wife of Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, captain of Team 9, and 10-year PMCer, participated as a virtual rider (raising money from London, where she is watching the Olympics).

Red Sox wives and Team 9 members, Holly Beckett, Tiffany Ortiz, and Kathryn NIxon gather for one last photo before leading thousands of PMC cyclists at the Wellesley starting line.

Although the weather was your typical hot August day, the dedication and commitment the cyclists have for the PMC, helped them cross the finish line in Bourne, for the first day of the two day ride. For riders continuing to the Wellesley or Provincetown finish line, best of luck and stay hydrated.

Great work for all PMCers and volunteers!

 

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PMC Day at Fenway was a grand slam

On Saturday, June 9, 33 cancer survivors who are PMC cyclists came together to celebrate the 33rd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) and the Boston Red Sox Foundation’s 10th year as presenting sponsors of the PMC.

Just hours before the game, Billy Starr, PMC founder and executive director, and Larry Lucchino, president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, spoke passionately about the meaning behind PMC Day at Fenway Park and posed for photos with Red Sox wives, Stacey Lucchino, and Tiffany Ortiz.

As trails of baseball fans took to their seats, a short video highlighting the PMC organization played on the JumboTron.

Minutes later, PMC cyclists representing towns in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York rode their bicycles around the warning track as part of a pre-game ceremony during which PMC volunteers stood in front of the Green Monster to catch the falling American flag that unveiled the PMC logo.

Following the survivor parade, Krystn Cinelli, 27, ofHaverhill, sang the national anthem and PMC Team 9 Pedal Partner and cancer patient, Tim Burke, 12, of South Boston, eagerly shouted, “Play ball!”

PMC Team 9 Pedal Partner and cancer patient, Tim Burke, posed with Billy Starr, Tiffany Ortiz, and Stacey and Larry Lucchino.

To officially start the game, Diane Legg, 49, of Amesbury, threw the ceremonial first pitch. With the help of Wally the Green Monster, Joey Bianco, 14, of Natick, and Samantha Burns, 8, of Weston, served as bat kids.

At the start of the fourth inning, Emma Zeiger, 14, of Needham, was honored by the Red Sox as a Child-Hood Hero for her outstanding contribution to her community as a member of the PMC family.

Wally the Green Monster and Emma Zeiger

As a special tribute, Bill Cantor, 88, of Swampscott, sat in Ted Williams’ Red Seat sporting a straw hat to commemorate the day in 1946 when the straw hat worn by Joseph Boucher, ofAlbany, deflected a ball hit by Ted Williams.

Although the Red Sox lost to the Nationals with a final score of 2 to 4, PMC Day atFenwayParkwas an all around win. PMC participants were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the PMC mission as well as for their personal journeys overcoming cancer.

Thank you to all our PMCers for participating in the event! Check out the full photo gallery here.

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