Katie Will Honor Her Grandparents and Family Friend in the Bedford PMC Kid’s Ride

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kid’s Ride

Katie’s been practicing for her PMC Bedford Kid’s ride since late winter – Courtesy image

On June 13th, Katie will be riding her bike in Bedford’s PMC Kids Ride for the first time. This event benefits such a great cause, The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Katie and some of her friends will be riding the half mile course together.

Her mom shared some of the reasons that Katie’s riding:

“Cancer has affected our family and friends of our family. Katie never had a chance to meet her maternal grandmother or paternal grandfather because their lives were lost to cancer before she was born. 

“Also, in December 2013, Maddie, the 2 year old daughter of our old college friend, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma.   As friends, there was so little I could do to help. I scoured journal articles trying to find the latest treatment options and newest promising clinical trials, hoping I could pass on information that could save Maddie’s life. But sadly, Maddie passed away in October 2014.

“As a scientist, I have always wanted to find the cure for cancer, but of course, things are never as simple or easy as that. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is dedicated to finding the cure for cancer.

“We are dedicating Katie’s bike ride in remembrance of Maddie and Katie’s grandparents. We are raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support the innovative research that the hospital does toward the goal of finding a cure for pediatric cancer.“  -Katie’s Mom, Cindy Chiu

To donate to Katie’s ride or to another rider, please visit our website, https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford/donate.aspx, and click on the red Donate button.

Best of luck, Katie !  See you on Ride Day !

About the Pan Mass Challenge Bedford Kids & Teen Ride

  • When: Saturday, June 13, 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Where: John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road, Bedford MA
  • Why: The Ride benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund​​ https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford.aspx

Help us reach our goal of 450 registered riders and $150,000 raised to help find cancer cures and treatments!  


If you have not already done so, register at https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford.aspx to guarantee a 2015 PMC t-shirt & water bottle.   Registration fee is $10 in advance; $20 fee the day of the ride.  Riders can download a pledge form here or send an email out to family and friends for online donations.  Riders can also form teams with friends, teammates, scouts, etc. to ride together in support of the cause or in honor/memory of someone who has been afflicted by cancer.


Join our TOP RIDER RAFFLE WINNERS Sabrina Turner, who won a $20 Amazon gift card and PMC hat, and Alex Santaella, who won a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, by simply raising $100 or more in online fundraising!  It’s simple, register online at https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford.aspx and begin fundraising!  Set up a lemonade stand, yard or bake sale, sell cookies at a sporting event, ask your family and friends to donate to your ride… you’ll be amazed how quickly you can reach the required $25 per rider fundraising amount.  The suggested fundraising amount is $50 but most kids raise a lot more!  Don’t forget to post your fundraising pictures on our FACEBOOK page!

Become a Breakaway Fundraiser by raising $750+ and receive an awesome PMC Backpack. Heavy Hitters are riders who raise $250+ and will receive a PMC Heavy Hitter string bag.  For every $250 raised, you can enter into an exclusive raffle for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

Do you have a great fundraising story to tell?  We’d love to hear it. Fill out the SUPER FUNDRAISER questionnaire and you may be highlighted in the Bedford Citizen, our Facebook page or other media venues!

Remember that for every $10 raised you earn one additional raffle ticket.  Prizes include a Movie Night Basket, Family Game Night Package, Maker Basket, Ride to and from School in a Fire Truck (with a stop at Bedford Farms in the afternoon), the always popular Candy Basket and much more!


This Ride wouldn’t be possible without you!  Please consider volunteering.  There are many opportunities for adults and teens AND volunteers receive a 2015 PMC t-shirt!  Visit https://kids.pmc.org/bedford to see all available opportunities and to register.  We can’t do it without you!


After you’ve completed your bike ride, join the party and enjoy great music, delicious food donated by our amazing vendors, fun games and activities for all ages and our fantastic raffle.


  1. BEDFORD FAMILY CONNECTION BIKE & TRIKE DECORATING AND PRACTICE RUN: Saturday, May 30th 10 – 11:30am,  John Glenn Middle School Tennis Courts. Bring your favorite ride – scooter, big wheels, trike or bike to this free event to get ready for the PMC Bedford Kids Ride!  Visit https://kids.pmc.org/bedford for more information!
  2. BEDFORD FARMS ICE CREAM GOLDEN TICKET FLAVORS TO BE REVEALED JUNE 1ST: PMC auction winners of The Golden Tickets to Bedford Farms Ice Cream have been busy creating their flavor!  Shhh….it’s a secret!  The name and flavors will be unveiled June 1st!  Be sure to stop by Bedford Farms from June 1st – June 13th to grab a scoop or two.  Stay tuned for the unveiling.  All sales of the Golden Ticket PMC Flavors will go to The Jimmy Fund!  Thank you Bedford Farms!

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