PMC Kids Ride!

On Saturday, June 15 we will be hosting our 15th annual Bedford PMC Kids Ride. Grab your bikes and join children and family members from Bedford and surrounding towns to ride in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

The Pan Mass Challenge: More Than Meets the Eye

By Jean and Ralph Hammond
In the words of Billy Star, the Founder of the Pan Mass Challenge, “Cycling long distance is an accomplishment in and of itself. But the real glory comes from channeling that physical, mental and emotional energy into a goal greater than athletic achievement. With every mile we pedal, PMC riders bring cancer researchers closer to a cure.”

In the words of almost all the riders, “Volunteers  are the PMC ride’s unsung heroes!” Each of the nearly 6,000 bikers, 4,000+ volunteers, and many of the Pan Mass Challenge corporate supporters has a personal passion for finding a cure for cancer, but not all of them can be, or want to be, riders. The PanMass Challenge is much more than its riders cycling many miles on the ten different routes during the first weekend in August.

Thank You for Another Fantastic Year from the 2016 PMC Bedford Kids Ride

Submitted by the PMC Bedford Kids Ride

The rain held out just long enough for over 300 riders and 150 volunteers to complete one of the best annual events in Bedford – the PMC Bedford Kids Ride, kids helping to raise over $60,000 for a great cause, the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This is the reason we ride: Bedford’s 2016 Pedal Partner Brooklyn Russell endured 18 months of intense treatment at Children’s Hospital and the Jimmy Fund battling Neuroblastoma. We are happy to report that at the completion of her therapy, she continues to stay NED (no evidence of disease) and will continue with oncologist appointments every 3months. Many thanks to all who made the 2016 PMC Bedford Kids Ride possible

Our Volunteer Team Leaders

Co-chairs Nancy Gilroy and Tara Goss
Committee team members Nicole Abair, Anna Craver, Judy Craver, Laura Keating, Tracy Norman, Elisabeth Piquet, Marty Rogers and Jane Wilkinson. Everyone pulled together to ensure a fun, safe event that all families could enjoy.

The 2016 PMC Bedford Kids’ Ride Draws Hundreds of Riders Raising Funds to Fight Cancer

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Hundreds of cyclists left the John Glenn Middle School this morning, heading out to test their mettle, and to raise funds in the 2016 Pan Mass Challenge Bedford Kids Ride. The youngest headed to Wally’s Way, an ‘obstacle course for tykes on trikes’ enclosed in the JGMS tennis court. Other young riders took Yawkey Way, a 1/2 mile loop around the school grounds using training wheels; and more experienced riders did the Green Monster, 3 miles through Bedford’s neighborhoods. There were longer, more difficult rides: Big Papi, 5 miles and Big Papi Slam, a challenging 10-miler. Fenway, a 12-mile off-road route along the Reformatory Branch Trail, brought riders in grade 6 and above to a water stop at Concord’s Old Manse, before returning to Bedford along the same route.

Tomorrow: PMC Bedford Kids Ride – Road Closures and Safe-riding Hints

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Police Chief Robert Bongiorno would like to remind drivers on town streets and riders in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids and Teen Ride on Saturday, June 11, to be safe while they ride to victory over cancer.  “We want all riders, spectators, and families attending the annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids and Teen Ride to have a safe and enjoyable experience,” Chief Bongiorno said. Click to read everything else you need to know
Road Closures for PMC Kids Ride on June 11

Railroad Avenue and McMahon Road will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. for the occasion. For the safety of the riders, there will be no parking allowed on either side of Railroad Avenue or in the side Middle School parking lot where the event is held.  Parking is available at the High School and Depot Park.  You can drop your kids and bikes off at the Middle School parking lot and then park or park and ride your bikes up!  We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you arrive on time. Safety on the Roads

More than 450 kids from Bedford and the surrounding communities will be coming together at John Glenn Middle School to participate in this annual event, with money raised going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund. All kid riders will be put in a group with 10-12 other kids and an adult volunteer. Drivers on town roads are reminded to watch, slow down and be patient for the kids who have raised nearly $1 million with sponsors, in the past 12 years to fight back against a disease that affects so many.

PMC Bedford Kids Ride on Saturday – There’s Still Time to Register to Ride or to Help!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Grab your bikes and join over 450 kids from Bedford and surrounding towns to ride in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund on Saturday morning, June 11. This is Bedford’s 12th PMC Kids Ride, and thanks to our riders and sponsors we have raised just over $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. Are you registered yet???  There’s still time! Click here to register to ride: https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford/register-to-ride.aspx
Click here to register as a volunteer https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford/register-to-volunteer.aspx

Here’s all the information you’ll need to know for a great day on Saturday:

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE:

9:00 am – On-site registration and all bikers arrive to get in their route corrals.

PMC Kids Ride ~ June 11 ~ Introducing Brooklyn, Bedford’s Pedal Partner

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride

We are honored to introduce our Pedal Partner – Brooklyn. Brooklyn was diagnosed with High Risk Neuroblastoma on January 22nd, 2014. Brookie spent nearly all of 2014 at Boston Children’s Hospital following a harsh treatment protocol involving six months of chemotherapy, a 14 hour tumor resection surgery, bone marrow transplant, radiation, and immunotherapy. Over the course of her treatment she trucked through numerous complications and harsh side effects with a smile on her face! Two years after her diagnosis Brooklyn has been declared NED (no evidence of disease) and has been enjoying kindergarten, play dates, and dance class once again.

12th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride: Saturday, June 11

Submitted by the Bedford Kids PMC Ride

JUST TWO WEEKS TO GO! Grab a Bike, Join the Party and Help Find A Cure! We are so excited to celebrate our 12th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride will take place on Saturday, June 11, from 9am to 1pm at the John Glenn Middle School. It’s easy to register a rider with bike routes for all ages. Post-ride festivities include a picnic with great food, music, lawn games and a raffle with wonderful prizes.

Count-down to the Pan Mass Challenge

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Final preparations are underway as the army of Pan Mass Challenge cyclists readies for Saturday’s start. Bedford cyclists will participate in each stage of this year’s ride:

Sturbridge to Provincetown

Al Filosa,  www2.pmc.org/profile/AF0111
Holly Grey, https://www2.pmc.org/profile/HG0024
Kristen Green,  www2.pmc.org/profile/KG0172
Rodney Green,  www2.pmc.org/profile/RG0158
Dan Hurwitz,  www2.pmc.org/profile/DH0128
Chris Marino,  www2.pmc.org/profile/CM0156
Jack Markuse,  www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0739
John Martin,  www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0600

Wellesley to Provincetown

Bruce Murphy,  www2.pmc.org/profile/RM0122
Amy Mason,  www2.pmc.org/profile/AM0085
Martin Rogers,  www2.pmc.org/profile/MR0111
David Sachs,  www2.pmc.org/profile/DS0382

Wellesley to Bourne Saturday

Martin Guay,  www2.pmc.org/profile/MG0329
Jean Hammond,  www2.pmc.org/profile/JH0241
Ralph Hammond,  www2.pmc.org/profile/RH0071
Bill Keating,  www2.pmc.org/profile/BK0131

Wellesley to Foxboro, Sunday

Michelle Sanders,  www2.pmc.org/profile/MS0463

Bedford Company Introduces New Wind-Blocking Garment

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Dan Hurwitz is known around town to be an ardent cyclist, participating in the Sturbridge to Provincetown Pan Mass Challenge rides  for the past 10 years. He has also served on Bedford’s Bicycle Advisory Committee as well as the town’s Trails Committee.  Yet the new dimension Hurwitz has added to his cycling biography this year is apt to endear him to all-weather cyclists, runners and skiers throughout New England, and beyond:  WinBib™(patent pending) is a totally new kind of wind-blocking garment for athletes outdoors in inclement or cold weather. Although none of the riders in the 2015 Pan Mass Challenge expect the kind of wet, raw weather that marked last year’s ride, they will be able to learn more about WinBib when Hurwitz sets up his display at the pre-event  PMC Vendor Expo from 3 to 8 pm on Friday, July 31 in the Host Hotel in Sturbridge. On Saturday morning, Hurwitz will take off on his two-day 188 mile PMC ride to Provincetown, via Bourne.

Bedford Maintains Strong Links to the PanMass Challenge

By Julie McCay Turner

Long-standing and far-reaching connections tie Bedford residents into the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC), an arduous two-day bicycle ride where 100  percent of rider-raised funds benefit cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  This year’s PMC is particularly special since the fundraising goal amongst the approximate 6,000 riders is $45 million dollars (last year $41 million dollars was raised), resulting in a 36-year cumulative total of  $500M, or half a billion dollars, raised! One of Bedford’s PMC stalwarts, Ralph Hammond rode his first PMC in 2004 and shortly thereafter was honored as a Living Proof rider, a cancer survivor riding to make a difference in the lives of others… This week he saluted Holly Grey, a 2015 Living Proof rider who will return from her home in San Jose, California to complete her sixth PMC ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown on August 1 and 2. Hammond recalled Grey as a student when he taught computer science at the Middle School, and noted that he keeps up with Holly through her parents, Peter and Kathy Grey. “I can still picture her as a young girl,” Hammond said, “and I’m so proud of all she has accomplished.”

The Bedford PMC Kids Ride Contributes to a Great Cause

 

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride

The 11th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride was a huge success this Saturday !  Over 440 Riders participated to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund.  After completing their bike rides, kids and their families enjoyed food, games and activities, with the help of over 240 Volunteers.  The Ride would not be possible without the tremendous support of our Sponsors, Bedford Police, Fire, CERTS, DPW and all of the many Volunteers that were essential to make this event successful and safe. Courtesy images – click each to larger versions of the gallery images

There is still time to send in contributions.  Donations may be made to a specific rider at https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford.aspx or donations may be made to the general event at https://kids.pmc.org/bedford/sponsor/giftinfo.asp or donations, payable to PMC, may be mailed directly to Justine Darmanian, c/o PMC Bedford Kids Ride, 77 4th Avenue, Needham, MA  02494.     Thank you for your support !  

 

 

PMC Bedford Kids: Just About Everything You Need to Know for Saturday’s Ride

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The long-awaited 2015 PMC Bedford Kids Ride is just a few days away. Riders will gather to hear inspiring talks and then depart from the JGMS parking lot, beginning at 9 am on Saturday, June 13. What do you need to know to make the day a terrific success for your family? Registration and Fundraising
If you’re not already signed up, remember that on-line registration closes on Thursday, June 11th at 12pm, and registration fees will increase from $10 to $20. The fundraising minimum is $25, with a suggested donation of $50.

PMC Kids Ride Golden Ticket Flavors Debut at Bedford Farms on Saturday, May 30

By Julie McCay Turner

A delicious fundraising tradition began several years ago when two popular Bedford institutions — the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) Bedford Kids Ride and Bedford Farms – joined forces. One of the most popular items on the Kids Ride fundraiser each year, The Golden Ticket, generates competitive bidding and yummy treats for the community of ice cream aficionados. Each year’s Golden Ticket winners get to create a flavor that is sold at Bedford Farms in advance of the Bedford Kids Ride, and each cone, pint and quart that the community purchases during the promotion benefits cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This year’s Golden Ticket flavors are Grand Caramel Swirl, designed by the Puglielli family, and Nutella Swirl that the Resnick and Karson families created in memory of Linda Resnick. “My kids wanted to come up with something they like and a flavor that will appeal to many people but is unique to Bedford Farms,” said Jen Puglielli.

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

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kid’s Ride

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.

Excitement Builds in Advance of the 11th annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride on June 13

Grab a Bike and Join the Party!  Help Find A Cure!  Help us reach $1,000,000 raised! The 11th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride will take place on Saturday, June 13, from 9am to  1pm at the John Glenn Middle School. https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford.aspx. It’s easy to register a rider with bike routes for all ages. Post-ride festivities include a picnic with great food, music, lawn games with a huge slip n’ slidem and a raffle with wonderful prizes.

Amazing Auction Items at the 9th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Cocktail Party

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Guests at Saturday night’s Ninth Annual PMC Bedford Kids’ Cocktail Party, a fundraiser to support Bedford’s 11th ride on June 13 – an event that involves hundreds of Bedford families – will have the fun of the actual party, and many will come home with terrific live and silent auction prizes. The evening’s live auction items include

In-Home Catering and Wine Provided for 8-10 People: Mimi’s Catering will provide an evening of delicious appetizers and desserts for 8-10 people in your home and includes a selection of wine for the night; donated by the Bemis Family and Mimi’s Catering
Bedford Farms “Golden Ticket” Exclusive to the PMC Bedford Kids Ride: Work alongside owners, Dave & Joe Venuti, to create and name the ice cream concoction you’ve been dreaming of!  From June 1st – June 15th, your flavor will be served through the windows at Bedford Farms for all to enjoy.  Never know…they might even allow you behind the window to scoop!  All proceeds that are sold during that time will be donated back to the PMC Bedford Kids Ride.

PMC Cocktail Party & Auction Scheduled for Saturday, March 28 – Tickets Available Now

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Don’t miss the 11th annual PMC Bedford Cocktail Party & Auction on Saturday, March 28, at the Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. The Sponsors of Hope Reception will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and the General Reception begins at 7:30, and ends at 11:30 pm. The PMC Bedford Kids Ride Committee – Susan DiGangi, Lisa Harrell, Nancy Protasowicki, Kelly Randazzo, Susan Sepe, Jenny Stewart, Beth Venuti, and Angela Winter – thanks you for your continued support and says, “We can’t wait to see you Saturday, March 28th!”

Visit the Bedford PMC Kids website to purchase tickets, or to become a Championship Sponsor – https://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford.aspx

The General Reception

The General Reception (7:30-11:30) promises to be a fabulous night with passed appetizers, dessert, cash bar, outstanding silent and live auctions and our popular Kick Cancer’s Butt Program! Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased using the link below. General Reception tickets are available through Friday, March 27th.

A Week & A Day: Pan Mass Challenge Begins on Saturday, August 2

By Julie McCay Turner

Five of Bedford’s 17 registered Pan Mass Challenge riders gathered for last week’s final pre-event practice ride. These cyclists, however, represent a cumulative 44 years of PMC participation, and have raised in excess of $275,000 to benefit cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Four of them will take part in PMC’s two-day ride: They’ll leave from either Wellesley or Sturbridge and arrive in Bourne on Saturday, before cycling to Provincetown on Sunday. When asked why they do the two-day ride, several mentioned the reward of sailing back from Provincetown on the “party ferry” as it’s called by cognoscenti. The trip is devoted entirely to PMC participants (plus their gear) and is often welcomed into Boston Harbor by fireboats, horns and hoopla.

17 Bedford Residents Ride in 35th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge on August 2 and 3

Submitted by the Pan Mass Challenge

Submitted by the Pan Mass Challenge

On Aug. 2 and 3, 17 residents from Bedford will participate in the 35th annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), the largest single athletic fundraising event in the country. If you would like to learn more about why they ride, cheer them on, or help to sponsor their ride click the following links to learn the names of the Bedford riders, their individual e-gift IDs, and a link to their personal PMC page:

Marc Canner – MC0348 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/MC0348
Al Filosa – AF0111 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=AF0111
Kristen Green – KG0172 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/KG0172
Rodney Green – RG0158 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/RG0158
Scott Griffith – SG0151 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=SG0151
Jean Hammond – JH0241 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/JH0241
Dan Hurwitz – DH0128 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=DH0128
Dexter Lawson – DL0226 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/DL0226
Chris Marino – CM0156 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=CM0156
Jack Markuse – JM0739 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=JM0739
John Martin – JM0600 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0600
Amy Mason – AM0085 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=AM0085
Bruce Murphy – RM0122 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/RM0122
Anita Paton – AP0117 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=AP0117
Martin Rogers – MR0111 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=MR0111
Luke Sabella – LS0012 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=LS0012
Michelle Sanders – MS0463 – https://www2.pmc.org/profile/pfp.asp?profileid=MS0463

Editor’s Note: There’s still time to participate. Registration for the 2014 PMC Challenge closes on July 15. Bedford’s riders will be among 5,800 cyclists who will ride with the collective goal of raising $40 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.

10 Years Later: PMC Bedford Kids Ride’s 1st Pedal Partner Returns to Ride

By Julie McCay Turner

Devin Bemis of Arlington was the PMC Bedford Kids Ride’s first Pedal Partner in 2004. According to the PMC website, “The Pedal Partner Program is an inspiring way for PMC cyclists to connect with pediatric oncology patients of the Jimmy Fund Clinic — the very children who receive more advanced treatments and state-of-the-art care as a result of the funds raised by the PMC.” Devin has participated in the Bedford Kids Ride each year since his Pedal Partner year, and returns to ride in tomorrow’s Fenway, a 12 mile off-road route that travels the rail bed to Concord. And he reports he will also ride a 50-mile adult route in the main PMC Ride come August. Read more about the 2014 PMC Bedford Kids Ride, and the associated road closures on Saturday morning at https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2014/06/11/bedford-police-offer-reminders-for-pmc-bedford-kids-ride-cyclists-and-drivers-on-saturday-am/

 

 

 

Bedford Police Offer Reminders for PMC Bedford Kids Ride Cyclists and Drivers on Saturday AM

Submitted by John Guilfoil on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Police Chief Robert Bongiorno would like to remind drivers on town streets and riders in the 10th annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids Ride on Saturday, June 14, to be safe while they ride to victory over cancer. “We want this, the 10th annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids Ride to be the best ever, and that starts with safety,” Chief Bongiorno said. Every rider is sure to have fun when abiding by a few safety guidelines such as:

riding a route that is right for your abilities,
riding slowly, being aware of traffic on town roads,
riding on the correct side of the road and on sidewalks when noted,
staying with your group, 
telling riders behind you your intentions. And of course – make sure you wear a helmet that fits! Drivers on town roads are reminded to watch, slow down and be patient for the kids who have raised over $800,000, with sponsors, in the past 10 years to fight back against a disease that affects so many.

The Eleemosynary Effect of Eating Ice Cream: It Benefits the PMC Bedford Kids Ride Until June 14

By Julie McCay Turner

Bedford Farms and the Venuti family have conjured a genuinely sweet way to contribute to the PMC Bedford Kids Ride: Golden Ticket Flavors. While watching Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory four years ago Elizabeth Venuti wondered “What if. . .,” and the Golden Ticket Flavor was born. It has become a major attraction in the live auction at the annual PMC cocktail party.

Bedford PMC Kids Ride to raise money to help fight cancer on Saturday, June 14

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride

This spring, the Bedford Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride will be one of 37 PMC Kids Rides throughout New England and beyond. In 2013, the PMC Kids Rides program attracted nearly 4,700 cyclists, ages 2 to 15, who rode between one and 26 miles in mini-bike-a-thons to raise money for cancer care and research. Click here to see images from The Citizen’s 2o13 PMC Kids Ride picture gallery,

The PMC Kids Rides are spokes in the PMC wheel, joining the more than 5,500 adult PMC cyclists in their mission to fund adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC is a two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon held the first weekend of every August. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $414 million for the Jimmy Fund.

PMC Kids Ride 2014 Auction Update: A grand success

Submitted by the The Pan Mass Challenge Bedford Kids Ride Committee 2014: Susan DiGangi, Michelle Fitzgerald, Amy Mason, Eva Naldini, Susan Sepe, Jenny Stewart and Beth Venuti 

Nearly 300 guests joined us to celebrate the Pan Mass Challenge Bedford Kids Ride’s 10th year  and helped to raise an astonishing $78,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund. The Winter Garden Atrium was filled with beautiful flowers and balloons and gorgeously decorated all with thanks to Bedford Florist.  As guests arrived they walked down a hallway looking up at large posters hanging from the ceiling of all our past Pedal Partners.  It was a beautiful and touching tribute to these brave kids who have been unfairly touched by cancer. Our Champions of Hope Sponsors and their guests attended our exclusive Champions of Hope Sponsor Reception for a Meet and Greet with our honoree Jothy Rosenberg, two-time cancer survivor, motivational speaker, extreme athlete and author of “Who Says I Can’t?”.   They enjoyed an open bar, a phenomenal seafood display with lobster rolls, shrimp, sushi and oysters as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres.  They also had an early preview of our silent auction items that included trips, getaways, golf outings, sports tickets, dining, services and more.