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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

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!

I just sent out an email to a bunch of supporters that are not on Facebook to give them an update as to how things are going with PMC 2013. So I thought I would post it here too. Here ya go! Happy reading!

 

Good Afternoon!

You are receiving this email, quite frankly, because you are in my contact list. I want to send out a message to let you know that I am once again riding in the Pan Mass Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with the PMC, it is a 2 day, 192 mile bike ride from Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown on the Cape. It is an amazing weekend and a cause very near and dear to me. 100% of every rider raised dollar goes directly to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. That is something that very few other fundraising organizations can say. Dana-Farber is an important part of my life. When I was younger, my dad spent a great deal of time at Dana-Farber for lung cancer treatment. He lost his battle with cancer on June 21, 1991. I was 14. Two years ago, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his passing, I rode in my first PMC. It was an experience that I will never forget. That year I raised over $7500 for Dana-Farber and that is my goal once again this year. But this message is not just a plea for donations, although that would be great, but more just to tell my story. Every time I get on my bike I think about my Dad. I felt like he was riding with me for every stretch of those 192 miles two years ago. It was a very powerful feeling. The second day of the ride, I wore a jersey with over 100 names on it. Each of the names was given to me by family, friends and even a few complete strangers to carry with me on my journey. Every one of those names belonged to someone that had cancer. Some of them were lucky and beat it. Many of them did not. But each and every one of those names crossed the finish line with me. They helped me accomplish my goal. So here is what I will end my message with. I would love for you all to help me in some way. It can be as simple as forwarding this message to your family and friends and spreading my story. It could be going for a training ride with me some Saturday or Sunday. It can get a little lonely riding 80+ miles by yourself. I could be coming to one of the fundraisers listed below to support my ride and maybe win a raffle prize. It could also be clicking to donation link and helping me meet my donation goal. It could even be just keeping me in our thoughts as I fundraise and train for another amazing 192 mile adventure August 3rd and 4th. Whatever you are able to do, I thank you.

If you have a name that you would like me to put on my jersey for day 2 please send it along. Once all the names are on the jersey, I’ll send you a picture so you can see just how many people will help me pedal my way to Province town.

Here are the upcoming fundraisers and the links for more information:

Kick Cancer in the Meatballs May 19th at The Spaghetti Stain in Dover, NH

Spice and Granola for a Cure June 1st at the York Farmers Market in York, ME

Throwback a Beer for a Cure June 9th at Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, NH

Pizza Powers the Pedals August 6th at Flatbread Pizza in Amesbury, MA

Again, thank you one and all for your well wishes, encouragement and support. It does not go unnoticed!

Marcus

https://marcuspmc.wordpress.com/ –PMC blog site

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

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

So, the weather has finally turned and it really feels like Spring!  I was able to get out for my first training ride on Friday and it was great!  Nice and cool for the first 16+ miles and a little warmer on the return.  I stopped at DG Cycle Sport in Epping to say hello to a friend and fellow teacher/bike which made for a nice rest stop.  We are getting close to my next fundraiser which will be at The Spaghetti Stain in Dover on May 19th.  All the info you need for that is right HERE.  I am really excited to kick cancer in the meatballs at The Spaghetti Stain!  I also have my coffee fundraiser with Port City Coffee Roasters up and running.  This year I have a dark roast, a light roast and a Guatemalan fair trade organic available.  The information on the coffee fundraiser is right HERE.  I am also super excited about the two June fundraisers that we have.  The first will be on June 1st and the York Farmers Market with Hubba Hubba Foods.  They will once again be donating 100% of their proceeds from the market that day to The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber!  This is an AMAZING donation from an amazing company.  I will have an order form out shortly for you to order spice rubs and/or granola if you are not able to make it to the market in York that day.  The second June fundraiser is going to be at the Throwback Brewery on June 9th.  We will have pizza from Flatbread Pizza Co in Hampton as well as cupcakes from Random Acts of Sweetness in Portsmouth to go with the delicious beer from Throwback!  All of the details will be available very soon.  For now, just save the date!  The fundraising update, while not official on my page, is just shy of $700.  We have a ways to go but I know that we will get there!

So, to go with that first ride, here are some ride stats!

training ride 1