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Participating in the Pan Mass Challenge last year exceeded the expectations of Chris Villani of the Town Crier. He will be riding again this year in the event that makes its way across through state and through Mendon on August 6 and 7.

PMC Rides through Mendon Again in August
Once again this August, thousands of riders will pass through Mendon in an effort to cover 190 miles on a bicycle in two days. The greater hope is that their efforts will bring about an end to cancer and ease the pain for those afflicted with the disease.
The 2011 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) will be the 32nd in the event's history and aims to raise more than $34 million for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The PMC is the single largest contributor to the Jimmy Fund, accounting for roughly 50 percent of its annual revenue.
For the second year, I will be among this group. Going into the PMC as a rookie last year, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was told, time and time again, about what a fantastic event it is and how much fun I will have. It almost made me feel like I was being set up for letdown, like the movie that everyone tells you is fantastic and then turns out to have been to built up to be able to live up to the lofty expectations.
Despite the hype, the PMC exceeded my highest expectations. The support and camaraderie between the fellow riders, the volunteers, and the thousands of people who lined the streets to cheer us on was simply incredible. I truly felt as though we were scoring a victory in the fight against cancer simply by peddling our bikes across the Commonwealth.
The ultimate goal of a cure still remains, however, and the work is far from completed. We will be back out on the roads again this year and, sadly, the list of those we will be riding in honor or in memory of is only growing.
As I wrote last year, this fight is one worth fighting and one that can be won. Last September, I had the great joy of seeing my college roommate marry the girl he fell in love with at school. A year earlier, he had been diagnosed with lymphoma. Thanks to early detection, a positive attitude, supportive family and friends, and a place just like Dana-Farber, he is now in remission. That is why it is so important to continue to lend our support to this worthwhile endeavor.
To donate to my ride, you can visit the following link: www.pmc.org/profile/CV0042 It would certainly mean a great deal to me to have the support of those who read the Town Crier each week and follow the local sports scene through our pages.
Even if you do not donate to my ride, I would strongly encourage each and every one of you to support one of the more than 5000 riders who will crisscross the state on August 6 and 7. With your support, we can have more stories with happy endings, such as my college roommate's, and continue to aspire to achieving the ultimate goal of finding a cure for all forms of cancer.




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