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!