Graduations, and weddings, and Father's Day -- oh, my! While I know this is a busy time of year and free time on the weekend is even more precious than usual, I'm writing to share an upcoming event that is close to my heart. The 9th annual Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) Bedford Kids Ride in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is this Saturday, June 15 at the John Glenn Middle School from 9-1pm. Cancer has touched so many lives, it's a personal issue for most of us. My grandmother beat breast cancer and one of my uncles beat cancer a couple of times. And a dear friend with a young family is going through treatments now, which keeps me present to the need for continued rese arch and support.
The Ride inspires tremendous participation from the community and local businesses. Last year 460 children of all ages from 25 surrounding communities came with their bikes and donations to help find a cure for cancer. And that's not counting over 150 volunteers who help make the event a huge success and kept the children safe. To date, the PMC Bedford Kids Ride has raised over $700,000, and 100% of it directly benefits the Jimmy Fund.
There are multiple routes, from an obstacle course for tykes on trikes, to 1/2 mile, 3 mile, 6 mile, 10 mile and a 12 mile off-road route for kids entering 7th grade and older -- an option to match every skill and age level. Visit the PMC Bedford Kids Ride website for more information, additional ways to contribute, and to register. Whether you come out to ride or cheer the riders on, it's a great day and I hope to see you there!