June 2009


There must be an easier way to fight cancer. That’s what was going through my mind this morning as I was trudging along on my 50 mile journey in yet another rainy Sunday morning.

But the fact is, there isn’t an easy way. Cancer doesn’t pause in a time of recession; and its symptoms are not dependant on the weather. Cancer doesn’t offer respite to father’s on Father’s Day, and it doesn’t take it easy on anyone affected by the disease. So how are we to expect perfect weather for our training rides? If anything, riding in crappy weather helps develop empathy, and helps me understand that there is a great deal of work to be done, no matter the conditions.

The goal in starting off this morning was to hit the 50 mile mark. With the ride just six weeks away, that’s a good benchmark. That prospect looked grim as we faced yet another forecast for rain. I had almost given up on riding today, and was leaving the parking lot at 6:32 am, when I saw Julie pulling in to join me. She gave me that look, and said: “Where are you going? We have to ride.” I dutifully turned around, returned to the starting line, and plotted along with her on the journey. Our path is shown at the right. I’m glad she showed up!

The rain held off well, until we made it to the halfway point in Natick (of course). It was a steady drizzle, but wasn’t bad enough to abandon the ride. Besides, what were we going to do about it when we were 25 miles from home at 8 am on a Sunday morning? So we persevered, chugged on, and made it home in good time. We had a 15.9 mph pace, which was pretty good considering the conditions. We stopped and rested for a total of 14 minutes, and made it back to the club by 10 am so we could both go home and enjoy a Happy Father’s Day.

I learned a good lesson today. No matter what the conditions, we have to continue this work and we have to continue to raise money to fight cancer. We have met some very interesting people along this journey and we will continue to do so. It will be so much more special when this pedaling brings us closer to a cure.

The Pedal Partner Program is an inspiring way for PMC cyclists to connect with pediatric oncology patients of the Jimmy Fund Clinic – the very children who receive more advanced treatments and state-of-the-art care as a result of the funds raised by the PMC.

Through this program, registered PMC teams are matched up with and ride in honor of Jimmy Fund Clinic patients, whom we affectionately refer to as our “Pedal Partners.” This year we have the honor and privilege to have Emily as our pedal partner.

Emily is a wonderful and vibrant 6 year old who just began Kindergarten! She loves playing outside with her 4 year old brother Sam and her best friend stuffed animal dog Bailey!

On June 2, 2008, following a sinus infection that she couldn’t seem to shake, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and immediately entered Children’s Hospital Boston for treatment. After a long 52 days in the hospital she made it through Induction, Consolidation I, CNS Therapy and is currently at home and receiving treatment on an out-patient basis at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber until at least September of 2010.

You can follow her progress online at: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/EmilyPTaylor.