Three Months to Go!

Posted: May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

Wow. It’s May 1st already. That means that I have exactly three months to train for my 192 mile weekend jaunt from Sturbridge to Provincetown. I have yet to go for a real road ride, which will change in the next 24-48 hours. And, more importantly, I am not yet to 20% of my fundraising goal. While the training is important it pales in comparison to the need for donations. I can drag myself across the 192 mile route with teammates encouragement, hundreds of spectators cheering, and the promise of Harpoon at the end of each day. I will get a massage when I get home and I will slowly recover from the weekend of riding and revelry. But none of that will mean anything if I do not reach my fundraising goal for Dana-Farber. I have a shot of reaching the $30,000 milestone if I can raise over $7,500 this year. That happened in 2011 and 2013 with your help. I know that there are several organizations that are asking for your money and time. I realize that some of those organizations may have more of a connection to you or your family. So here is what I am asking. Take a look at this quick video to show you where the money goes. Remember that 100% of every dollar that I raise goes directly to Dana-Farber. If you have any questions please ask me. I am by no means an expert, but I ride on a team of experts. Some of them work in and around Dana-Farber and see first hand how the PMC helps.

I’ll leave you with this story from last Tuesday night at my Flatbread fundraiser. It was unfortunately a slow night at the restaurant, so i was chatting with some of the employees.  One of them asked a couple of questions about the PMC and the ride and then pointed to my banner and said “that’s my place”. I asked what he meant and he proceeded to tell me about the two different stints he did at Dana-Farber. He had a very rare form of brain cancer called Medulloblastoma. This particular cancer accounts for less than 2% of all primary brain tumors and 18% of all pediatric brain tumors. He had brain surgery the first time, relapsed a little while later and then went through chemo that he said almost killed him. He is feeling good now and needs to go in for check ups every so often to make sure things are going well. Most of what he told me was about how The Jimmy Fund was the best thing for him. He met lots of great people, many right around his age, and was given the opportunity to do some great things. He said that the companionship was a key part of what got him through the treatment. Sometimes it gets lonely. Sometimes people distance themselves from people dealing with cancer as a self-defense mechanism. Luckily, that was not the case for him. While some of the friends that he made at Dana-Farber have now passed on, he still keeps in touch with their families. Other friends, that like him, have taken the upper hand with cancer he keeps in contact with. He had nothing but kind words for those that worked at Dana-Farber or Boston Children’s or The Jimmy Fund. He told all of his co workers that this was the fundraiser for “his place”. Many of them bought raffle tickets in support of him.

So, while Tuesday may not have been as successful as I had hoped, it gave me a great sense of the importance of what I am doing. No donation is too small as a little bit from everybody will help me reach my goal. In fact, if everyone of my Facebook friends donated $10, I would far exceed my goal. So while you are pulled in several different directions for donations, I ask that you please consider a donation to my Pan Mass Challenge ride where 100% of you donation will go to Dana-Farber. Thanks to all of you that have already donated or supported my ride. And thanks to those of you that continue to donate and attend events. None of this would be remotely possible with your generosity.

Remember: You know someone fighting cancer. Now you know someone fighting for them.

Thank you!

The Time to Help has Arrived!

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hey Folks!

I love winter as much as the next person, which this year I know puts me in a very small minority, but when I saw snowflakes in the sky this morning even I said ENOUGH! My bike has been at the shop for the past few days getting a little early spring love (thanks Jeff!) but the time to ride is right around the corner. Training needs to take a big upswing and those roads need to be clear and dry soon! Fundraising also need to get into high gear. There are three opportunities for you to help out my fundraising over the next month or so.  The first one is an event that we debuted last year and it was a BLAST! Once again I am holding a three hour Spin-a-Thon at Seacoast Sports Clubs Downtown in Portsmouth, NH. We had a great group last year of people that have put in thousands of miles on spin bikes and even a few people that had NEVER ridden a spin bike before. All of us survived and all of us has a great workout and a lot of fun. We went to Street to refuel afterwards and didn’t feel any guilt about the delicious food and drink, we had earned it! If you are interested in riding with us this year, on April 11th, click this link for all the details. If you have any questions, send me an email and I will get you all squared away.

The second opportunity is one that we have done for the past three rides and it has been a success every time. I am proud to once again be partnering with Flatbread Pizza Company in Portsmouth on April 28th for one of their Tuesday night fundraisers. Flatbread pizza is delicious and super local. They have been a PMC partner of mine from the beginning and I am thrilled that they are back with us this year. This fundraiser could not be easier, or tastier! Come on by Flatbread Company Portsmouth between 5 and 9 pm and order one (or one hundred!) of their tasty flatbreads. A portion of each flatbread sold, dine-in or takeout, will be donated to Dana-Farber. It really is that simple. Click this link for more details and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

And finally, my wife Michelle has become an ambassador for an amazing children’s book company, Barefoot Books. She is running a fundraiser for Pan Mass Challenge right now with bike themed books. I can personally attest to the quality of the construction and content of these books. We read two a night to Caroline and she loves them! Here is the link for more information about Riding the PMC Barefoot!

I know that is a lot of information. I hope that you will be able to participate in one or more of these great opportunities. If bikes or pizza or books about people eating pizza on bikes just isn’t your thing, you can always give a donation and feel really good about what you have done. That link is right here. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all out at an event or on the road for a training ride!

Thanks,

Marcus

PMC 2015! Time to get going!

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hey Folks!

It’s March 1st and it is time to get going with training and fundraising. I also figure that it was a good time to get the PMC Coffee fundraiser going again. You can click this link for more information on the coffee. https://www.smore.com/5xm8 Let me know if you would like to order any and I can get you caffinated (or defafinated if that is your thing) in no time! I also have a pizza fundraiser at Flatbread in Portsmouth coming up near the end of April. Stay tuned for details on that one. Any and all donations to my ride are appreciated! The PMC has set a lofty goal for us this season, $50,000,000! We will need the help of each and every one of you and your friends, family and co workers too. If you have any questions about me, my ride or the PMC in general, please do not hesitate to ask. Here is the donation link http://www2.pmc.org/profile/MS0408  Thank you for all of your help and support with this important cause!

Marcus

A LIttle Fundraising Update

Posted: June 8, 2014 in General

Hello!  I have not been as good about my blog as I wanted to be this season.  Here is my attempt to get back on the wagon!  I have had two wonderfully successful fundraisers so far this season.  The first was a first for me. I put on a three-hour spin-a-thon at Seacoast Sports Clubs in Portsmouth and brought in over $1000!  I could not have been happier about the success of the event for its first year.  Three amazing instructors each taught an hour of the event and helped us burn an amazing amount of calories! This is an event that I really hope will become a PMC fundraising tradition for me.

Speaking of tradition, yesterday was my York Farmers Market fundraiser with the amazing people from Hubba Hubba Foods.  Sue and Rich have been fundraising partners of mine for four years now and each year it just gets better.  We were able to raise $1114 at the market yesterday, almost doubling my fundraising total for the year!  The weather was amazing and the market was packed.  We met some pretty incredible people as well.  At the fundraisers, there are always people that have had family members that have had cancer and there are even a few folks that have battled it themselves.  Yesterday, a women with very short hair and a surgical mask made her way to the booth with two younger women with her.  They saw the sign explaining that 100% of Hubba Hubba sales for the day would be going to Dana-Farber and started to tell us her story.  She has leukemia and had been receiving treatment at Dana.  100 days prior she had a bone marrow transplant and this was her first day out in the public.  What an amazing women she is!  She bought an armload of spices and some granola to give as gifts to her family.  They said they felt compelled to buy more just because of the donation to Dana-Farber.   They could not say enough amazing things about the treatment, facility and people at Dana-Farber.  While I knew that my hard work for the PMC was doing great things, it was very moving to meet this woman and see all of our hard work paying off.

If you want to help Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund, you can donate to my ride here http://www2.pmc.org/profile/MS0408

Thank you to everyone that has donated to my ride!  You are doing great things!

Last Friday I got myself all signed up for PMC 2014 and officially joined Team Kinetic Karma! Yea! The following day I began to send out my raffle item donation emails.  This is always a tedious process.  Many companies require you to fill out a form to request items and then you have to wait and wait and wait to see if they approve you.  Well, I am very happy to report that the wait was short for a few companies this go around.  I already have three jerseys in hand from Pyro Apparel, four box seats to the NH Fisher Cats, Rocky Mounts bike racks sent a prize pack, and the Red Sox have already put something in the mail for me! This has been an incredible week! I have also been contacted by an apparel company out of Denver, CO about making some custom PMC themed raffle prizes and possibly even my thank you jersey at the end of the season.  Just one week into the 2014 PMC and so much has already happened!

I am starting to put together some fundraiser ideas as well.  I am looking into running a three-hour spin-a-thon at the gym in mid April. That should be a lot of fun and a lot of sweating! I’ll take the day after off from training to give the legs a little rest! I am also looking to hook-up with Hubba Hubba Foods again this year for our amazing Farmer’s Market fundraiser in early June. Hopefully we will be able to work with Throwback Brewery and Flatbread Pizza again this year. After taking a year off from the North Country fundraiser, I am thinking of giving it a whirl again.  Stay tuned for that one, it could be great! To go along with all the fundraisers, I will of course be having lots of raffle prizes. If you, or someone you know, has a great raffle prize that you would like to donate please let me know.  The more prizes the more tickets I can sell and the more money we can bring in for Dana-Farber! I’m really excited to be taking part in the Pan Mass Challenge again this year. I hope you are just as excited to support me in any way you can.

Thank you!

Marcus

Almost that time again…

Posted: January 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

OK, as I update my blog for the 2014 PMC I noticed that I was awful about writing last year.  Really awful.  That will change this year.  I am committed to checking in with all of you way more often this year.  I want to make sure that you are really able to come along on this journey with me.  It is a really exciting year too!  It will be my third PMC and my first as a member of Team Kinetic Karma!  Sign-up are just two short days away.  I can’t wait!  This should be a lot of fun!

See you on the road!

OK, so not officially on the fundraising site…but TRUST me.  We are there!  This is in large part to the fundraiser we had last weekend at The Spaghetti Stain.  We made almost $400 between the restaurant’s donation and the raffle.  It was great!  Hopefully we will be able to keep it up with the next three events.  Which leads me to this…

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 I have a HUGE fundraiser coming up this weekend.  This weekend marks the first outdoor farmer’s market in York, ME and my Hubba Hubba fundraiser.  If you don’t know Hubba Hubba, you need to!  They are an amazing husband and wife team that sell some pretty incredible granola and spice rubs.  The most wonderful thing about them is that they donate 100% of all of their proceeds from this first market to my ride!  That’s right…100%!!  If you are anywhere near York, ME on Saturday you have to come by.  The other vendors at the market are great and you can get some very yummy things to go with your granola and spices.  Just remember…100% of what they sell is what they will donate!

And finally, the weather and my schedule have not been matching up so well lately.  I have the usual list of excuses; I work an hour away from home, I have a ton of grading to do, I have a flat tire, I feel like a flat tire…you know the drill.  With that said, I have not been out on the bike as much as I would have liked lately.  This is why, with today being Memorial Day and all, and not having to work at the gym tonight and the weather being BEAUTIFUL I did this …

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Hopefully I will see TONS of you at the Hubba Huba fundraiser this weekend!  Here is more information if you need it!  https://smore.com/4xs1

See you on the road!

Marcus

http://www2.pmc.org/profile/MS0408 –PMC donation page

http://tinyurl.com/MarcusPMC–Facebook page