Closer By The Mile Ken Brack

ISBN: 9780615708720

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Closer By The Mile  by  Ken Brack

Closer By The Mile by Ken Brack
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The story of the country’s most successful athletic fundraiser, the Pan-Mass Challenge.In 1980 Billy Starr turned his passion for strenuous bike rides into a pioneering event supporting cancer research. Starting from his dad’s dining room table,MoreThe story of the country’s most successful athletic fundraiser, the Pan-Mass Challenge.In 1980 Billy Starr turned his passion for strenuous bike rides into a pioneering event supporting cancer research. Starting from his dad’s dining room table, Starr built the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge bike-a-thon into the country’s most successful athletic fundraiser and legacy-setter in sports philanthropy.

In its first 33 years, the PMC raised $375 million for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with many of more than 8,000 participants increasing their direct stake in the forging of new cures.

In 2011 and 2012, a young girl from upstate New York with a rare type of leukemia inspired a riding team to new heights. Adding 184 miles to start from Hannah Hughes’s driveway, Team Huckleberry finished four days later on the outer tip of Cape Cod.The story of the PMC, a debut work of narrative nonfiction by Ken Brack, brings you along for the ride, traversing many back stories of its riders and volunteers, and the event’s triumphant spirit.Brack rode his first PMC in 2012 in memory of his mother, Joan, who died of ovarian cancer in 1999.

The year before he observed preparations and traveled the PMC course, meeting families with children receiving cancer treatment, riders, and volunteers from all walks of life. With its visceral connections threaded among participants, medical practitioners, and loved ones, and often defying “negative prognosticators” in an era of research funding cuts, the PMC is a story that deserves to be told.



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