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The Pan Mass Challenge: A Boy & His Groundhogs

This is a story of a boy named Max and his Groundhog friends.  This is a true story.
Max lives with his mother and father, brother and sister at his grandmother’s house in southern New Hampshire.  He will be turning 10 very soon.  He likes nerf guns, Marvel super heroes and x-box.  He has a quick sense of humor and a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm.  He also loves dragons and wishes he could soar on dragon wings. His family calls him Mighty Max- a nickname that is well deserved.
  Mighty Max has a dream. He wants to be ordinary.  He wants to be like other kids his age. Right now, Max is anything but ordinary.
   Max was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 6.  Thirteen months into his two year treatment plan his cancer attacked his central nervous system. Twenty-one months into a new treatment regimen, just when it appeared that Max may get to enjoy a period of ordinary in his life, his cancer appeared in his spinal fluid.  Now Max looks forward to a bone marrow transplant. 
   While on one of her many visits to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Max’s mom, Amy, learned of a program called Pedal Partners where Max could partner with a group of bike riders in the Pan Mass Challenge bike ride.  That is how Amy and Max met Tricia.
   Tricia is a Groundhog.  Like all of her Groundhog friends, she likes to ride her bike.  Each August, these Groundhogs leave their base in Groton and ride 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown in the Pan Mass Challenge. (If you haven’t guessed by now Groundhogs is our team name).
   Since its inception in 1980, the Pan Mass Challenge has raised almost $1 billion to fund cancer care and research at Dana Farber.  The Groton Groundhogs began riding in the Pan Mass Challenge in 2004. This year we hope to reach $1,000,000 in funds raised since the team began.  Every dollar goes to Dana Farber.
    The Groundhogs don’t soar on dragon wings. We pedal. This year we will pedal for Mighty Max- he is our Pedal Partner.  We will pedal our bikes to raise money so that the extraordinary doctors and researchers at Dana Farber can develop extraordinary new therapies and treatments to allow Max and thousands of other kids like him to be ordinary.
   Max is a boy and we are his Groundhogs.  We want to help Max be ordinary. 
If we could do that, it would be extraordinary.
If you want to help too, please go to http://profile.pmc.org/TG0075.  
Sincerely,
A. Groundhog
 
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