Cancer is one of the most terrible diseases in the world, even more since there is no actual cure for it. Patients have to struggle every day to keep their heads up and not let the disease overwhelm them. Pam Mass Challenge is a cycling race meant to raise money for people who suffer from cancer.
The first edition of the Pam Mass Challenge was in 1980, but this year is one of the biggest, if not the very biggest, with 6,000 participants for the ride. The aim is the as noble as it always has been: gathering as many money as possible for cancer patients. The funds will go to research and to the families of those in need.
The race lasts over this weekend (6-7 of August), and one of the most challenging routes is Sturbridge – Provincetown, a distance which measures 192 miles. The circuit will take cyclists two days to ride. The race began on Saturday morning.
The 6,000 riders do this for a cause. Each of them rides for a family or in behalf of someone, like Heidi Flood does for the Steiner family. Little Olivia Steiner was diagnosed with cancer last year, on her birthday. Being involved in this activity together makes Heidy Flood and the Steiners (especially Olivia) Pedal Partners.
Heidy Flood lost her mother to cancer, and ever since (2009) she has been part of the Pam Mass Challenge. She expresses her feelings towards the event:
“It’s amazing. And we get to meet such amazing kids and families.”
Because of the bonding between cyclists and cancer patients, Pam Mass Challenge is also a great opportunity to raise awareness about the disease.
The organizers counted on the help of volunteers (4,000 of them) for the event to take place properly, in the best conditions.
The person who started it all, back in 1980, is Billy Starr, who had the initiative of making Pam Mass Challenge a fact. Since its founding, the cycling event had been raising $500 million, of which $45 million only last year. Both founder Billy Starr and the cyclists hope to break the 2015 record and come up with at least $46 million this year.
“Together, we should make $46 million,” hopes the organizer, who was present on Saturday morning to see the cyclists set off.
Billy Starr also comments on the atmosphere of the event and on the team who made it possible:
“It’s a great group of people. The logistics surrounding this event are enormous.”
Image courtesy of: Wikipedia