Sunday, February 24, 2008

"Pan USA Challenge"

It all began shortly after I rode in the 2007 Pan Mass Challenge (http://www.pmc.org/), an annual two-day fundraiser where thousands of participants ride their bikes across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through The Jimmy Fund. The PMC generated a record-setting $33 million in 2007 and has raised over $204 million since its inception in 1980.

After my first PMC in August 2007, I knew I was a lifer. My younger brother Jamie, my friend Ben Herrmann and I decided that we all wanted to make a much more distinct and meaningful contribution to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the 2008 PMC. What we decided was to embark on our very own "Pan USA Challenge." That's right…

In early June, Jamie, Ben and I will fly to California and ride 4,100 miles back to the start line of the two-day/200-mile PMC on August 2nd. Our 4,300 mile ride will end at the PMC finish in Provincetown, MA on August 3rd, which would have been my mother's 56th birthday had she not passed away due to breast cancer in 1995.

The ride will be self-supported (i.e. no support crew or van). We will carry our gear on bike trailers and will spend most nights in our tents at National Parks and in motels along the route.

All fundraising for our "Pan USA Challenge" and the PMC will go towards our cumulative team goal of $75,000 for The Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Although the ride doesn't begin until early June, our fundraising endeavours are already underway. Please support "Team Pan USA Challenge" in our distinct team effort in the fight against cancer by making an eGift donation at our PMC team webpage below:

http://www.pmc.org/mypmc/profiles.asp?Section=story&eGiftID=TS0161

Thanks in advance for your love and support!!!

- Justin, Jamie and Ben (The Pan USA Challenge Team)

4 comments:

max said...

those are three sharp looking cross country bikers. (but ben, i don't think that helmet is properly protecting your excellent noggin.) good luck, bros!

Wade said...

Me-Rolla-J: Are you just going to bring your wheels and rent the rest of the gear? Good luck and keep me updated...

Mary Mac said...

Justin: We are so proud to say we know you. You are truly a wonderful person. I didn't know your Mom, I wish I had, but she would have been so proud of her two sons. Good Luck, the whole McAleese family is behind you!

snatch said...

Is that the beset picture you could come up with? you look like a creep. Good luck brother, can't imagine how skinny your going to be when you get back. Look forward to seeing you at that finish line in Bean Town.