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This year I embark on my SIXTH PMC; FIFTH as a proud member of the Boston Bruins Foundation Team!
First, IF YOU ARE DONATING TO A SPINATHON PARTICIPANT, YOU MUST TYPE THEIR NAME AND THE WORD SPINATHON IN THE COMMENT SECTION WHEN YOU DONATE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE PROPERLY CREDITED WITH YOUR DONATION. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO THEM IN REACHING THEIR FUNDRAISING MINIMUM AND BEYOND!
Every year I am asked how long I will continue to ride the PMC and raise funds to fight cancer, and every year the answer is the same. I will ride and raise funds for as long as it takes to beat cancer, or until I cannot ride any more!
My original inspirations, my father Bob, a cancer survivor, and Tina Vitale, who four years ago passed away from Breast Cancer; were the inspirations for my first big fundraising event, a Spinathon known as Shawn's Ride for Bob and Tina. This year, the 6th annual Spinathon takes place on May 10, 2013 at the Salem Workout Club in Salem New Hampshire. At this moment, there are still bikes available. INCREDIBLY THE EVENT RAISED $34,300 LAST YEAR. I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT IN THE FIVE YEARS OF SPINATHONS AND PMC FUNDRAISING WE HAVE TOGETHER RAISED OVER $103,000.00 IN THE FIGHT TO BEAT CANCER!
This year, in addition to riding for my Dad and Tina, I also ride to honor Russ Gauthier an employee of the Workout Club who for years made sure that our bikes were all up and running prior to the Spinathon. Russ was unfortunately diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer after the Spinathon last year, and continues to treat and fight hard against this horrible disease. We also honor our very own Christine Napolitano, a 2 year veteran Spinathon rider was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 7 months ago, and is now cancer free. In her words, she is riding in her third Spinathon, “as a way for me to give back”
Lastly, I want to pay tribute on this page to the life and brave fight of Fred Brush, who we honored last year at the Spinathon. Less than two months after he came to watch his daughter Dana ride for him, he passed away. The photo on this page is me and Fred at the 2013 Spinathon. His life well lived will never be forgotten.
Last year my team of cancer fighters raised over $37,000, so this year its simple, we increase the goal, and we COMMIT to reach it together.
Thank you all so very much in advance for your continued support and generous dontations to this cause.
As always I have chosen to keep the amounts of your donations private because every donation, no matter how big or small is important. Ten $10.00 contributions equals $100. Your comments and words of encouragement are displayed.