2018 Team E Season Begins
We are remembering Elizabeth today on what would have been her 54th birthday as we kick off the annual Team Elizabeth season of bike training and fundraising for the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) ride in August. With each passing year, we miss her no less dearly, but we keep uppermost in our minds and hearts her spirit and example to channel our energy into tangible efforts to help cure breast cancer. We know this is exactly how she would want us to continue on.
As most of you are already well aware, the annual PMC ride raises funds exclusively for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and has become the chosen event around which the Sewall family organizes fundraising in Elizabeth’s memory. Team Elizabeth, now in it’s sixth year of riding in the PMC, designates every dollar it raises to the Elizabeth Alling Sewall Endowment for Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber.
Last weekend in Brooklyn, the NYC contingent of Team E riders and friends gathered for an afternoon at The Woods in the Williamsburg neighborhood to share a few beers and good cheer, while raising over $4,000 for the team and awareness of the cause. Despite a cold, rainy day, attendance was well over a hundred, mostly from the millennial generation who make up the bulk of the team roster now.
Team captain, Scott Sewall noted that every single dollar spent buying a ticket for the event will go directly to Elizabeth’s endowment because of the graciousness of this year’s host venue. Scott also shared that “one of the amazing things she [Elizabeth] did in the time she had after getting the terminal diagnosis was to give her approval to start this fund at Dana-Farber, where she received treatment, one of the finest cancer care institutions in the world.”
“We’re so happy to carry on her legacy, so happy to be here with all of you, and so happy to be riding in the Pan Mass Challenge again this year,” he said, as he thanked the group for their support.
Going in to the 2018 season, Elizabeth’s endowment now totals $664,000. If you’d like to make a donation to this year’s ride, you can visit the team’s fundraising page at http://profile.pmc.org/TE0056 where you can donate to the team overall or to any of the twelve riders who will participate this year. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated.
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