This is for my family, friends, fans and those who can’t stand me but still want to do the right thing:
With a huge smile on his face and a baseball cap on his head, he told us his name was Chris and he was 10 years old. He said he’ll turn 11 in October. He said he was from China and was staying in Boston with his mother and father. Finally, I asked him if he was a Red Sox fan and he looked at me kind of confused.
“I’m so sorry,” said Chris. “I don’t speak English.”
He walked away, as Harry Chapin sang, but his smile never did. There were board games to play, and computers and paint and clay and all kinds of toys. It was a perfect Tuesday afternoon in late June, and the place was packed. That is the sad truth: Business is booming at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. There is no shortage of kids who have been dealt an unspeakably bad hand at a young age. Chris has osteosarcoma. He has put his childhood on hold and traveled 10,000 miles for treatment, and like so many Jimmy Fund kids, he’s handling it like a champion. I can’t imagine how scared he is. I can’t believe how strong he is.
On the first weekend in August, I will ride in my ninth Pan-Mass Challenge. As always, I’m a proud member of Lisa Scherber’s Reindeer team. Every cent we raise will go toward a little Christmas party Lisa throws for 800 Jimmy Fund kids and their families. Just a guess: Chris is going to LOVE this party.
Chris, like most 10 year olds, would like to be out riding his bike this summer, but he’s a little busy fighting for his life. So we ride for him and for all the kids at the Clinic. And we need your help. Please consider donating to me or to any of the 5,000 riders in this year’s PMC. It goes to the Jimmy Fund, the greatest cause in the world. Thanks so much.
The PMC raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country, $500 million since 1980 and $45 million last year alone! This success is the result of a lot of people riding for, and caring about, a cure. And because every penny matters, 100 percent of your donation goes to DFCI.
I've made a personal commitment to ride and raise $7,500.00. So I hope you can help me achieve this significant goal.
Please donate to my ride by clicking one of these links:
Every donation brings us closer by the mile.
PMC donations are tax deductible and 100% will go to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Pan-Mass Challenge only uses your personal information to thank you and will not share it with any other organizations.
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