Pan-Mass: A Chance to Raise Money to Combat Cancer

56179-8 PMC ID Number

July 2014

On Saturday, 2 August, I will cycle more than 84 miles in the 34th Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC). It will be my second time participating in the nation’s original fundraising bike-a-thon that raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the world. The purpose of the Challenge is to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana Faber Cancer Institute and to provide Dana-Faber’s doctors and researches with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. With this mission in mind, I have pledged to raise over $7,000, and a donation from you, of any amount, will help me reach my ambitious goal.

For years, I have raised funds via cycling for The Rodman Ride, PMC, Nets for Life (cycling across the country in 2009), Tour for the Cure, The Boston Marathon, and your generous support has benefited thousands the world over. I am riding the PMC this year, because I want to make a difference. The PMC, Dana-Faber’s single largest contributor, raised over $35 million last year, bringing its 33 year contribution to more than $350 million. I will join more than 5,500 cyclists in an effort to raise $40 million this year for Dana-Faber’s Cancer Institute.

My friend Stacey Lucchino, who has ridden beside me in other rides, has kindly paved the way for my participating in and contributing to this cause, and for that, I am grateful. Too many of my colleagues and friends have been stricken by cancer, and I am hopeful that my riding will assist the good doctors and researchers in finding a cure.

I know that many of you have donated to many charities, and I know how generous you are with your time as well, so I thank you for considering this one. If you would like to support the Challenge, Dana-Faber, and me, then please write a check, made payable to “PMC,” and send it to me at the address below. You can also go to, click E Gifts, and donate to Michael Obel-Omia, PMC ID #56179-8. This convenient way to donate is safe, easy, and preferable. Please know that 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to research cures for cancer. I would appreciate your sending the check to me or pledging online at by Friday, 1 August 2014.

The words of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give,” guide and inspire me as I ride daily in preparation for this event. I am anxious about riding, but am confident that I will succeed; if only because I will think of you and seek to honor you for sharing your treasure and supporting this cause. Thank you.
Warmest regards,

Michael C. Obel-Omia
56179-8 PMC ID Number


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