Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride
Last June, over 200 riders gathered at JGMS to ride in the 14th Bedford PMC Kids Ride. Some were riding in support or memory of a family member or friend who battled cancer. All were there to raise funds in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. We had the privilege of hosting Stella Downey- a beautiful happy 18-month-old girl who was battling cancer.
Last week, I received an update from Stella’s parents, Fio and Ben. In her recent appointment at the Jimmy Fund clinic, Stella and her family received the wonderful news that she is cancer free.
Stella is living proof that we can beat cancer. We need to continue to ride, raise money, fight and hope that we will find a cure for all cancers. And that Stella’s success will be one of many we can share.
Stella and her twin brother Thomas (age 2 and 1/2) will be riding in the upcoming PMC Kids Ride on June 15th at JGMS. Stella is living proof that we can beat cancer. We need to continue to ride, raise money, fight and hope that we will find a cure for all cancers. And that Stella’s success will be one of many we can share.
Are You Ready to Ride?
The 2019 Bedford PMC Kids Ride will take place from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 15 when riders will meet in the parking lot at the John Glenn Middle School at 8:30 am.
Grab your bikes and join us to ride in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund. This is Bedford’s 15th PMC Kids Ride, and thanks to our riders and sponsors we have raised over $1.1 MILLION dollars!! The PMC Kids Ride gives everyone an opportunity to fight back against a disease that takes so much, at so many ages, while simultaneously stressing the importance of raising funds to find a cure for all cancers.
Chose a route that is right for you!
- Wally’s Way: An obstacle course for tykes on trikes located on the JGMS tennis courts
- Commuter Rail (Blue Line): For trikes, training wheels and scooters! Riders will start after the Blue-Line (1 mile) group and will turn around at the entrance to the rail trail.
- Blue-Line (1 mile) Ride: This mostly flat 1 mile loop for novice riders follows a 1/4 mile stretch on the unpaved Reformatory Branch Rail Trail. It loops back via Winchester Drive with one small hill as Winchester Drive meets McMahon. No trikes or training wheels unless the rider is accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone. Trikes, training wheels and scooter rider should check out the Commuter Rail (Blue Line) route! Route map
- Orange-Line (3 mile) Ride: This mostly flat 3.15-mile loop is for intermediate riders and those looking to avoid the climbing of the longer ride. It follows the unpaved Reformatory Branch Rail Trail for a little over a mile then loops back via 10 Acre Drive and Selfridge Road. The route back includes another 1/4 mile stretch on the Reformatory Branch Rail Trail and one small hill as Winchester Drive meets McMahon. No trikes, training wheels, or pedal-less bicycles. Route map
- Red-Line (7.5 mile) Ride: This 7.5 mile longest route, geared toward more experienced riders, features 300′ of total climbing exploring the rolling hills of the greater Davis subdivision. It includes 1.5 miles (in two stretches) along the unpaved Reformatory Branch Rail Trail. No trikes, training wheels, or pedal-less bicycles. Route map
See route maps for more detail. Riders will be placed in groups of 10-12 riders with an adult volunteer leader and sweep. Water stops are set up along the routes, and volunteers and police officers will be out on the road to cheer on the riders and keep them safe. Be sure to print out the route map to practice the route before Ride day.
All riders, including adults, are required to wear a helmet and to bring their cellphones.
Register to Ride
Parents will need to create an account or log in with an existing account 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. During registration, there is the option to join or create a team, as well as create a family page. Parents will need to sign a waiver and commit to the $30 fundraising minimum per rider.
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.