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Victory Lap

Members of Lasell Community Take the Pan Mass Challenge

Terrific Trio: Lasell's Anne Doyle, Kate O'Connor and Chris Lynett

This summer three members of the Lasell community - all with ties to friends or family who have suffered from cancer - took on the annual Pan Mass Challenge bike-a-thon which involves thousands of riders and raises millions of dollars for cancer research. The trio, Anne Doyle, President of Lasell Village, Kate O'Connor, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Chris Lynett MSM ‘09, Director of Web and Electronic Marketing, all rode between 100 and 160 miles over the multi-day event held the weekend of August 6. Their dedication, and that of others on campus who serve PMC behind the scenes, is evidence of the culture of community support at Lasell - one of the reasons behind our Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement. Here's what this year's riders had to say about the experience - which may inspire a new campus tradition.

Anne Doyle - PMC Rider since 1998

"I ride in honor of my dad who died 10 years ago this month from carcinoid cancer. I founded a team, Team Caring for Carcinoid, to raise funds to better diagnose, treat and ultimately to cure this rare class of neuroendocrine tumors. Riding my bike was one tangible way I could help raise money for research.
The highpoint was seeing the people along the way cheering for the riders, for their loved ones, for everyone who hopes for a future without cancer. Sharing stories with other riders makes for an emotional ride, full of camaraderie and hope."

Kate O'Connor - New PMC Rider

"It is a great cause. Too many friends and family members have suffered from cancer, and Pan Mass raises over $40 million which all, every dollar, goes to finding a cure. It has been on my bucket list for years. The highlight was riding over the Bourne Bridge at dawn watching the moon set on my right and the sun rise over the canal on my left -- then riding under the bridge and seeing hundreds of cyclists crossing over."

Chris Lynett - New PMC Rider

"Most of us have been touched by cancer in one form or another. This year my family was touched by it and, being an avid cyclist, this was how I could help. One of the reasons I chose the PMC is because 100% of the funds I raised were donated to fighting cancer. The entire weekend was an incredible experience. Riding past cancer patients and survivors that were holding signs that simply read "Thank You" is a moment that will stay with me forever. Also, seeing my family cheering and holding signs along the bike route in Cape Cod was fantastic."

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