As the registration date for the Pan Mass Challenge approaches each year, I think of the many reasons for riding. I think of the Phil and the other phriend’s names who adorn my shirt. And when I think of the people and the reasons, inevitably I see a story, a picture, or a show that brings it all back.

This year is no exception.

As I pored through today’s Boston Globe, Caroline Bridges’s odyssey jumped off the front page. It’s the poignant story of a Boston University college student diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer that attacks the blood cells. It tells her of her diagnosis, her coping, her reaching out to others, her blog, her sharing, and her return to campus as a changed person. You can read the full story by clicking here. There’s an audio slideshow you can view by clicking here.

Carline has also posted a blog which she describes as follows:

On Friday, December 8, 2006, I was diagnosed with leukemia. Specifically, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. That’s cancer of the blood for those of you who weren’t sure. So, this is my blog about the next six months of my life. They’re going to be hard; I’m going to be lonely. The goal is to make it out okay. Among various other goals I’ll probably be writing about later. Comments, support, laughter, all, feel free to share. Pax.

You can view her blog by clicking here.

All of this is a reminder to me that we have miles to go, and that there is an event and a team that is helping us reach a cure. Registration begins on January 2, 2008 and you can start that process by clicking here.