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2021 PMC Kids Rides

Lexington

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Event Details

PMC Kids Ride for Pedal Partners
  • Sunday, September 19, 2021
  • Reimagined (Virtual) - not in person
  • All Ages
  • Registration Fee: $10
  • Required Fundraising Commitment: $40
  • Contact: LexingtonPMCKidsRide@gmail.com

Welcome to the Lexington PMC Kids Ride!

The PMC Kids Rides program, presented by the Yawkey Foundation will be Reimagining "Kids Helping Kids" with the PMC Kids Ride for Pedal Partners!

Join the PMC Kids Rides community on Sunday, September 19, 2021 as we ride for PMC Pedal Partners! The PMC Pedal Partner program, presented by MFS, connects children who are being treated at the Jimmy Fund Clinic with PMC teams, riders and PMC Kids Rides.

While we can’t be together physically this year, your family can get involved in the PMC Kids Rides mission by signing up as Reimagined riders. Kids can ride wherever on September 19th and know that 100% of the money they raise goes directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Please make sure to follow all public health regulations and guidelines for your area, while practicing safe social distancing. See the “Safety” section below for more tips.

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Interested in joining our committee? Email LexingtonPMCKidsRide@gmail.com

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Register to Ride Virtual

Parents will need to create an account or log in with an existing account in order to register their child or family. When creating an account, please enter the parent's information first as there will be a separate part in registration to enter the child's information. 

Once registration is complete, parents will receive an email with information on how to log into their management page to customize donation pages and to track donations.

Reimagined rides are not in-person and riders can ride in their own neighborhood on the day of the ride or whenever they'd like! Reimagined riders will receive a PMC Kids Rides water bottle, personalized bike tag, sign and other goodies.

Riders will need to register by September 7 in order to receive their rider kit in the mail prior to September 19. Riders who register after that date will still receive a goodie bag but we cannot guarantee it will arrive by September 19th. 

Fundraising

The fundraising minimum for each rider is $40 and is due by October 31, 2021. 

Riders who go above and beyond with their fundraising will be recognized as Heavy Hitters or Breakaway Fundraisers and will receive a special gift in recognition of their fundraising efforts in the late Fall. 

  • Heavy Hitter – $450+, riders will receive a PMC Kids Rides bike bell and certificate.
  • Breakaway Fundraiser – $950+, riders will receive a piece of PMC merchandise (chosen from a list of available items).

Fundraising Tips

Fundraising is easy when you have a clear story!

What are you doing? I am riding my bike in the Virtual Lexington PMC Kids Ride the weekend of September 18 - 20. I want to ride my bike XX miles or XX hours!

Why are you doing this? To raise money to help people with cancer.  The PMC donates 100% of the money I raise to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to fund cancer research and cancer care.  There are a couple of kids in my town who have cancer and I want to try to help them and others like them. Norah is our Pedal Partner. She has been fighting cancer for four years and her bravery inspires me to ride!

Spread the word!

  • Customize your rider profile page (include why you are riding and a photo)
  • Set up and USE the Facebook Fundraiser through your Ride Manage page
  • Use social media to spread the word
  • Send an email to family and friends
  • Mail a letter to family and friends
  • Request a birthday donation
  • Offer to do chores in exchange for a donation
  • Start your fundraising early!!

Click here for more fundraising tips

Donate

100 percent of all rider-raised dollars go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Donate online or by check. Checks can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge or PMC. Please send all checks to:

PMC Kids Rides
77 4th Ave
Needham, MA 02494

Make sure that the rider's name is listed so they can receive credit!

Safety

Please follow all public health regulations and guidelines for your area while biking in your neighborhood. Limit large groups of unrelated bikers.

General Safety Tips!
  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet.
  2. Ride with a parent or guardian.
  3. Hands should remain on handlebars.
  4. Never wear any kind of headphones. You need to hear clearly.
  5. When passing, make sure to yell “on your left!”
  6. If you need to slow down or stop to cross an intersection or obstacle, yell “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind you.

Pedal Partners

We are honored to have Norah returning as this year's Lexington PMC Kids Ride Pedal Partner! The PMC Pedal Partner program is a wonderful way for riders to connect with a child who has cancer and bring real meaning to participation in the event. We invite you to read her story below to learn how her bravery inspires us to ride, volunteer and fundraise for this important cause.

Meet Norah

Norah is a 12-year-old who is a rising seventh grader at Diamond Middle School.  She loves her friends, fashion, art, reading and her three sisters.  

Photo of Norah 2017 RideWhen Norah was 7, her parents noticed that she was limping a bit. What they thought would be a quick trip to the doctor to have her leg checked turned into an ambulance ride to Boston Children’s Hospital where they discovered that Norah had a mass in her brain the size of a tennis ball. Norah underwent immediate brain surgery to remove the mass, but due to its location, only 80% could be removed as the remainder was entwined in her motor cortex. The doctors determined the mass to be the most aggressive type of brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), which historically has a very low survival rate. At this point, Norah’s parents were given two choices – do nothing and Norah would succumb to the tumor, or resect the remaining tumor and Norah would likely lose motor functioning on the left side of her body. Due to this risk and overall bleak prognosis, every doctor recommended they do nothing.

Nevertheless, Norah’s parents opted to proceed with the second brain surgery to remove the remaining tumor and at the same time. Norah became the sixth child in the world to try an experimental phase 1 trial of an immunotherapy injection at the site of the tumor. Miraculously she emerged from surgery with a successful resection and the ability to move all parts of her body! Since recurrence of the tumor is likely imminent, Dana-Farber has Norah on an aggressive follow up treatment plan that began with 33 treatments of radiation to the brain, weekly chemotherapy, multiple surgeries to place a port and g-tube, stem cell collection, platelet transfusions, red blood cell transfusions, and more. While this process has been grueling for Norah and her family, her most recent MRI shows no evidence of disease!

Norah’s parents truly believe if it were not for the incredible doctors at Dana-Farber, who are the leaders in the world with cancer research and treatment, Norah would not be with us today. Money raised at events such as the Lexington PMC Kids Ride goes to Dana-Farber to fund cancer research.

Thank you Hugh!

A tremendous round of applause for the inspiration that former Pedal Partner, Hugh, has given us over the past three years! Thanks to the amazing support he received from Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund Clinic, Hugh is back to being an active boy who loves playing baseball and riding his bike. He will be riding his bike this fall as a “regular rider”!

Remembering Quinn

The Lexington PMC Kids Ride will always be inspired by the memory of our first Pedal Partner, Quinn, who died in July 2016 at the age of 9 after bravely battling a rare form of cancer for 15 months.

Local Sponsors

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors and In-Kind Donors!

We are so grateful to the following companies, families and individuals for their incredible support of the Lexington PMC Kids Ride over the years.  Their generous donations helped to underwrite past Lexington PMC Kids Rides, and has allowed us to donate 100% of all the dollars raised by the riders to life-saving research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This year, these local businesses need our support. Please bring your business to them and thank them for supporting the Lexington PMC Kids Ride.


Cowbell Anchor – $5,000+

Photo Booth Anchor - $5,000+


Family Sponsors

  • Bulkovshteyn/Grana Family
  • Carrie Butera
  • Christina and Tim Cohen
  • Leslie Mosely and Mike Fehm
  • Dr. David Frank
  • Olivia and Brian Kelley
  • Cindy and Peter Kuechle
  • Tamara and Walter Jo
  • Lisa and Sea O'Brien
  • Carrie and Rob Walsh