Friday, December 01, 2006

December 1 and Prepping for the PMC!

I just returned from a 20-mile bike ride starting at 4am in balmy 63 degree (!!) New England weather. Who would have thought that I could be training for the Pan Mass Challenge at this time of year?

The PMC is the world's largest athletic fundraising event. This year 4300 cyclists raised $26 million for cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. (You see a small portion of them in this picture.)

A group of us from BIDMC participate in the ride. One of our nurses, Marybeth, has ridden for 24 years of the 27 years of the ride's existence. We do this even though we compete in some arenas against DFCI -- because there is enough work to be done in cancer research that it will take lots of people working together to solve this problem. Indeed, BIDMC is part of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, which comprises 7 Harvard institutions and over 900 scientists working on this disease.

Something (the calendar) tells me, though, that my chances for lots more early morning training sessions are about to disappear!



6 comments:

todd said...

Hurray!

You should join us too.

mark said...

...or Saturday Morning fitness ride in Newton

Amy said...

Good luck to you and everyone else at BIDMC who is participating in the PMC. I'm an RN at BIDMC and I'm training for an endurance event as well! On January 7th, 2007 I'll be running my first marathon, the Walt Disney Marathon, as a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training program. I've pledged to raise $3,400 for the society, and I'm about 76% of the way there. This my my website if anyone is interested! Amy's Team In Training Page

I love reading your blog, good luck training!

Paul Levy said...

Go Amy!

If other BIDMC employees want to post their particular events here, please do so.

Heather said...

I have been a massage therapist at PMC in Bourne for 13 years. I hope we will see you there for that part of the event.

Paul Levy said...

I usually make it to Wellfleet before getting my massage, but I will look for you in Bourne!