CLARKS GREEN — Tom and Elaine Lavelle are preparing to ride in their second Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC).
The PMC is a two-day, 192-mile bike ride that originates in Sturbridge, MA and finishes in Provincetown, MA. It is the largest athletic fundraiser in the country. Last year, the couple raised over $21,000 to support cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the PMC raised $51 million.
The Lavelles are currently fundraising and training for this year’s event on Aug. 4 and 5.
The Lavelles originally felt compelled to do the ride after two family members, an uncle and cousin, were both treated at Dana-Farber and many other friends and family members had fought or lost their battles with cancer. Additionally, Elaine had an early form of breast cancer and had benefited from a clinical trial, receiving a series of breast cancer vaccines at the University of Pennsylvania before having surgery.
Quite unexpectedly, the ride will be personal this year as Elaine recently learned of the reoccurrence of her breast cancer. After the ride, she will once again meet with doctors to determine the best course of treatment.
A fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 16 at State Street Grill in Clarks Summit. Admission is $25 and payable at the door. One hundred percent of all donations goes to Dana-Farber. Donations may also be made online at PMC.org.