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2015 Boston Bruins Foundation PMC Team

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THE STORY:

Thank you for considering a donation in support of my Pan Mass Challenge ride to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  This year marks my first of hopefully many (192 mile!!) PMC rides and I am ecstatic to be riding as a member of the Boston Bruins Foundation team. 

Cancer is a relentless disease that has touched all of our lives in some way.  Whether you have battled the disease personally or alongside a family member or friend, you know that the hope for a cure is one of the few things that keeps you fighting through the toughest of times.

My inspiration to ride is my dad, Bryan Shoemaker, who lost his battle with cancer on April 3, 2014. 

My dad was diagnosed with stage IV, metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck in August of 2009.  At the time of his diagnosis, his doctors gave him a year or two to live, but he was determined not to be bound by that prognosis.  Given that conventional treatments, such as chemo and radiation, were not expected to be 100% effective against this particular type of cancer, we put our faith in the researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and enrolled in a number of different trials.  While I don’t know for sure what role those trial drugs played in extending my dad’s life (or whether the data gained throughout the trial might lead to a cure), I do know that having cutting edge treatment options that might rid him of the disease gave us an incredible sense of hope and perseverance. 

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t miss my dad and wonder what life would be like if he were still here; however, I couldn’t be more grateful for the extra time we were lucky enough to spend with him.  While the profound sadness from our loss slowly eases over time, I pray that I never have to watch another loved one endure that suffering. 

I firmly believe that, provided with sufficient resources, our medical community can cure this terrible disease, which is why I have joined the Boston Bruins Foundation’s effort to support Dana Farber through the Pan Mass Challenge.  One hundred percent of every dollar you donate  to my campaign will be used to support Dana Farber in turning the hope for a cure into a reality.  Simply put, your donation will have a HUGE impact. 

Thanks again for supporting my cause!  I’ll see you at the finish line! 

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To This Fundraiser

$4,635

MONEY RAISED
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  • Shannon Shoemaker

    $100

  • Marty & Katy Falaro

    $200

  • Georgie

     

  • Beth Arnold

     

  • Auntie Jude

    $200

  • PAT MCK

    $100

  • JOHNNY QUINN

    $100

  • Staci Hotchkiss

    $100

  • Dinny

    $200

  • Bob & Kim Chesley

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Kristen & Mark Tuden

     

  • Jon Konjoian

    $100

  • Sara LeClerc

    $50

  • Katrina Frazer

    $50

  • Irene and Cliff Long

    $100

  • Nancy Cunningham

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ted and Beth

     

  • Jay

    $100

  • Will Falaro

    $100

  • Kristin

    $100

  • George and Kelsey

    $50

  • Gavin

    $50

  • Tyler

    $50

  • Rachel Kerchner (ND lax 1011 Madison St)

     

  • Jeff Photiades

    $100

  • Matt & Mollie Hawkes

    $100

  • The Kessel Family

    $100

  • Bernadette Falaro

    $25

  • Justin Perry

    $100

  • Martha McAuliffe

    $50

  • Ann Rainsford

    $50

  • Veronica and Jay Gauvin

    $100

  • Terri & Emma

    $100

  • Sue & Hossein Salehkhou

    $50

  • Barb Dunnington

    $100

  • Madeleine Rozumek

    $25

  • Andy&Kate;&Luke;

    $50

  • The Shea Family

    $250

  • Mom

    $225

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • CA & Liam

    $50

  • Meg & Ben Castor

    $100

  • Dave Chesley & Jody Bulger

    $200

  • Sabrina Straub

    $50

  • Judy and Bernie Ttracey

    $50

  • Karen B Mitchell

    $10

  • The Murdoch family

    $100

  • Meg Sull

     

  • You're favorite co-worker

    $25

  • Jeffrey Kane

    $25

  • West Coast Falaro's

    $25

  • Claude G Turcotte

    $140

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Michael O'Brien

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

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103% Raised of $4,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $135,535 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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shawn mullen

Amount Raised

$12,750

 

43% Raised of $30,000 Goal

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Natalie Westfall

Amount Raised

$8,192

 

117% Raised of $7,000 Goal

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Lisa Mullen

Amount Raised

$7,550

 

101% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Craig Taylor

Amount Raised

$7,245

 

97% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Andrew Brandt

Amount Raised

$7,065

 

94% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Dan Murphy

Amount Raised

$7,060

 

88% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Bill Alexander

Amount Raised

$6,555

 

146% Raised of $4,500 Goal

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Jerry Manchester

Amount Raised

$6,095

 

61% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Claude G Turcotte

Claude G Turcotte

DONATION: $140

3 years ago

West Coast Falaro's

West Coast Falaro's

DONATION: $25

So proud of the man you are Matt 3 years ago

Jeffrey Kane

Jeffrey Kane

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

You're favorite co-worker

You're favorite co-worker

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Meg Sull

Meg Sull

MATT! This is so amazing!! I can't help but get goosebumps thinking about Bryguy's face LIGHTING up as he follows you on this journey. BIKE freaking FAST and chug some brewskis at the finish line for the big guy. I will be cheering you on from chitown! You guys are the absolute best xo 3 years ago

The Murdoch family

The Murdoch family

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Karen B Mitchell

Karen B Mitchell

DONATION: $10

3 years ago