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2019 PMC Kids Rides

Lexington

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Bowman Elementary School

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Event Details

  • Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Bowman Elementary School
    9 Philip Rd, Lexington, MA 02421
  • 8:30 to 11:30 am
  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Registration fee: Rider registration is now closed
  • Required fundraising minimum: $30, $50 suggested goal
  • Contact: LexingtonPMCKidsRide@gmail.com

Welcome to the Lexington PMC Kids Ride!

Thank you for your interest in the Lexington PMC Kids Ride! Rider registration is now closed as we are at capacity. We hope that you will consider riding in another 2019 PMC Kids Ride and that you will join us in 2020!

Join the fun and help beat cancer!

Let's do it again! After our amazing fourth year, with a record breaking number of riders and money raised, the 5th annual Lexington PMC Kids Ride will be held on Sunday, September, 15th. Gather your friends, grab your bike helmet and get ready to ride to raise money for pediatric and adult patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. This ride is a great way for kids to participate in philanthropy, physical activity and the camaraderie of working towards a great goal - fighting cancer. Come join the fun - be a part of the ride and then enjoy the party that follows with activities, music, snacks and more!

Last year, the Lexington Ride increased its fundraising efforts and raised $127,000 from 400 Rider Participants, 38 Sponsors, and a very successful Raffle. But we know we can do more! Our 2019 goal is to raise over $125,000. This event is personal for many because Lexington is home to elementary school students, Norah Weeks and Hugh Clivaz, who have each been battling cancer for three years. They will be our Pedal Partners as their bravery inspires us to ride, volunteer and fundraise for this important cause. We are also reminded how important our mission is as we remember our original Pedal Partner, Quinn Amsler.

We look forward to seeing you on September 15th!

The Lexington PMC Kids Ride Committee,

Anne Boulter, Caren Deardorf, Cassie Firenze, Sreeni Gunnala, Shweta Gupta, Chris and Kim Hine, Tamara Jo, Pete and Cindy Kuechle, Laura Lewis, Jackie Lupone, John Mazerall, Greg Poulos, Kim Ryan, Emily Sayre, Kristin Simon, Tim and Lauren Weeks

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Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 14th

  • 3 - 5 pm – Rider and volunteer check-in. Bike decorating and bike tune-up. 

Sunday, September 15th

  • 8:30 - 9:30 am – Check-in for riders and volunteers who did not check-in on Saturday
  • 9:30 - 9:45 am – Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:45 - 10:45 am – RIDE! 
  • 10:30 - 11:30 – Party with activities, music, snacks, raffle and more!

Routes

  • 1-Mile Advanced Loop: A mile-long loop through the Philip Road and East Worthen Road neighborhood for riders on two-wheeled pedal bikes. Riders can go around as many times as they want.

    This loop is intended ONLY for two-wheeled bicycle riders who can comfortably ride at least one mile with no parent assistance. The following will NOT be allowed on this course: bicycles with training wheels, tricycles, scooters, balance bikes or any bike riders who need adult assistance to get started or keep pace with the ride. Monitors will strictly enforce this rule and remove riders who are not on a two-wheeled bicycle and/or keeping pace with the ride.

    For safety reasons, parents are not allowed to be on this course.
  • Bowman Blacktop Loop: A short loop inside the Bowman School blacktop, lined with balloons and race flags – a great route for those riding a tricycle, big wheels, bicycle with training wheels, balance bike or scooter.

Please make sure to bring a properly fitting helmet for each rider

Register to Ride (CLOSED)

Rider registration is now closed. Click here to find another PMC Kids Ride near you!

Fundraising

The fundraising minimum for each rider is $30 ($50 encouraged) and is due by October 15, 2019. 

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

  • Heavy Hitter – $300+ (riders will receive a sack pack)
  • Breakaway Fundraiser– $800+ (riders will receive a backpack)

Fundraising Tips

Fundraising is easy when you have a clear story!

What are you doing? I am riding my bike in the Lexington PMC Kids Ride on September 15. I want to ride my bike around the loop XX times!

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 two kids in my town, Norah and Hugh, who have cancer and I want to try to help them and others like them.

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 3.07.33 PMSpread the word!

  • Customize your rider profile page (include why you are riding and a photo)
  • Start your fundraising early
  • Mail a letter to family and friends
  • Send an email to family and friends
  • Request a birthday donation
  • Use social media to spread the word
  • Host a fundraising event
    • Set up a bake sale/lemonade stand: Great locations include Lexington's summer concerts, the bike trail, community pools, fall soccer and flag football. 
    • Have a car wash
    • Offer to do chores in exchange for a donation

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

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet (children and adults must wear helmets if they are riding).
  2. Ride in control – this is not a race.
  3. Hands should remain on handlebars.
  4. Never wear any kind of headphones. You need to hear clearly.
  5. Follow the ride guides and volunteers.
  6. When passing, make sure to yell “on your left!”
  7. If you need to slow down or stop to cross an intersection or obstacle, yell “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind you.

Each PMC Kids Ride has a licensed medical professional on site. 

Register to Volunteer

Calling everyone who is 14 and older! Come join the fun and volunteer to help at the ride. We have shifts for Saturday and Sunday, as well as all times before, during and after the event. Find a few friends and sign up together to help with everything from check-in to ride monitoring, passing out snacks and face painting to name a few. Community service credit will be issued to those who want it. And, parents, this is a great opportunity to cheer on your rider from the route!

Pedal Partners

158_PMC_PP_Party_2019-X2We are honored to have two amazing kids as this year's Lexington PMC Kids Ride Pedal Partners - Norah and Hugh!  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 their stories below to learn how their bravery inspires us to ride, volunteer and fundraise for this important cause.

 

 

Meet Norah

Norah is a 11-year-old who is a fifth grader at Fiske Elementary 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 is a 10-year-old who is a rising fifth grader at Fiske Elementary School. She loves her friends, fashion, art, reading and her three sisters. 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 2-year 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.

 

Meet Hugh

Hugh is a 10-year-old who is a fourth grader at Estabrook Elementary School. Upon moving from Australia to Lexington in 2013, his parents described him as a happy, energetic and vivacious young boy who was full of life and always had something to say.

Hugh 2019-1In January 2015, after being unwell with "viral like” symptoms and a headache that progressively got worse, Hugh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He was immediately admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital for the first phase of his treatment, a 32-day intensive chemotherapy called "Induction Therapy”. This therapy proved to be incredibly challenging as Hugh lost all of his strength and energy to talk and walk. Furthermore, fever and high blood pressure kept Hugh in the hospital for much longer than anticipated - he was an inpatient for 10 weeks.

For the next 2-year phase of his treatment Hugh moved back home, attended school and received weekly chemotherapy at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Here, Hugh and other patients were the direct beneficiaries of PMC dollars at work as the nurses and clinic volunteers created an unbelievingly uplifting, supportive and fun environment where their sick patients can still feel like kids by offering them arts and crafts, games, books, video games, music, movie and popcorn days, Dr. Seuss week and so many other great events. Their goal was to take Hugh’s mind off the pain and boredom that can be associated with these visits and make him feel special, therefore aiding in his recovery.

Hugh is getting back to his active life now that his treatments are complete and his energy is returning. He loves playing baseball, using the pitch-back in his backyard and going to Red Sox games. He also loves skiing and riding his bike. He looks forward to riding with his sister and other Lexington PMC Kids Ride riders on September 15th.

 

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 2019 Sponsors and In-Kind Donors!

We are so grateful for the generous support from the below listed companies, families and individuals. Their generous donation will help underwrite the Lexington PMC Kids Ride, and it allows us to donate 100% of all the dollars raised by the riders to life-saving research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Cowbell Anchor – $5,000+

Sponsorship Opportunities

Many kids, many bikes, one mission: Cure Cancer
On September 15, Lexington will hold its 5th annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The PMC is the most successful athletic-based charity in the country raising $654 million since its inception in 1980. The Kids Ride program was started in 2005 - it now includes over 33 towns, has raised over $9 million, and is a fantastic way for children to participate in philanthropy, physical activity and the camaraderie of working towards a worthy goal - fighting cancer.

Visibility through Sponsorship and Donations
We ask for your sponsorship support to reach our goals. A small portion of your generous donation will help underwrite the modest expenses of the Lexington PMC Kids Ride, and the remainder will join forces with 100% of all the dollars raised by the riders to life-saving research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Sponsorship will show your support of the community and the fight against cancer, as well as enable you to gain valuable exposure across Lexington at an event that has become a beloved annual tradition.

As a sponsor of the Lexington PMC Kids Ride, we will put your business in front of more than 800 event attendees and the entire Lexington Community who will learn of your commitment to the PMC mission. Please see the details of support levels by clicking on the button below. We hope you consider becoming a 2019 supporter for the Lexington PMC Kids Ride. For questions or more information, please click on "Contact Coordinator". We would be happy to discuss sponsorship opportunities.