Help Support Tim's 2019 Ride to Fight Cancer

corporate sponsors www.bunnyclark.com www.barnbilly.com www.chamberworks.com Welcome to my site where I attempt to make a difference for cancer patients throughout the world by making time to raise money for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC). The PMC is an 192 mile (two day) cycling event where cyclists are sponsored by individuals/companies in order to raise the money needed to fight cancer and for cancer care. I am one of those cyclists. Each sponsor's donation goes directly to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, Massachusetts via the Jimmy Fund, the fund raising arm of the DFCI. The Jimmy Fund was established in 1949. The PMC was established in 1980 and has since raised over half of the total money the Jimmy Fund has raised in donations since it's inception (over a half a billion dollars!). It is the largest sum of money ever contributed to a charity by an athletic fund raising event anywhere in the world. I got involved in 2007. By the end of the twelfth year of my involvement (the end of 2018), I had moved a total of $308,031.77 in donations. Many donations come from the same individuals who give to my cancer drive year after year. But there are many new contributors every year as well. In 2019, my goal is to raise over $20,000.00 as soon as I can and then add to that total. I would like to raise over $30,000.00! I didn't get to that total last year.

The reasons to donate are many. But there are a few salient reasons to continue to do so.

  • First, the DFCI is good at what they do, one of the top five cancer research & care facilities in the country every year.
  • Second, one hundred percent of your donation goes right to the source, the DFCI. The cost of running the PMC (about $5 million) is underwritten by businesses around Boston. So every rider raised penny goes right to the general fund or an specific area of oncology of your choice. Mine goes directly to research.I belong to a team called Precision for Kids, the name of the team derived from the type of "new age" cancer research called precision cancer medicine. This is the first year I have belonged to this team. In the twelve seasons before, my money went to the general fund. I decided to go with the Precision for Kids team because they fund research with Dr. Katherine Janeway, a cancer survivor herself, who divides her time between working at DFCI and Boston Children's Hospital in genetic engineering. Her goal is to find the specific gene in the DNA sequence of the person with the cancer, use a localized drug that will "switch off" the gene (or replace the gene) causing the cancer and, thus, bypass the traditional use of chemotherapy and radiation and curing the patient. She has already had great success in real time with two children. This made me want to direct my donor's money in her direction. Three years ago her research wasn't being funded at all! She has made these tremendous strides of success in just two years! And, of course, the same procedure will extend to adults once perfected.
  • Third, it's in our back yard.
  • Fourth, the innovative work they do spills into other facilities and other areas of medicine making it better for everyone in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Fifth, you can deduct your donation when filing your tax returns.
  • Sixth, the more money the DFCI receives, the better able they are to hire the best people (researchers/doctors) to do the job. This will continue to make them the best to support.
  • Seventh, individuals I know are now cancer free because of the good work at the DFCI. Thank you all so much for supporting me in this wonderful event. It's the event of a life saved for many of those people with the disease. And cancer won't go away unless someone gets involved. I am just one of the many (over 6400 riders last year) who believe in this event. And, last year, this one cycling event raised over $56,000,000.00! The total money raised since the PMC's inception, in 1980, is $654,000,000.00! And that figure was posted in November. Since then other donations have been received and more will be sent as you are reading this sentence.

    The event has many rides. Mine, the longest of the few available and the original ride, starts in Sturbridge at 5:30 AM sharp on Saturday, August 3, 2019 and ends, on the first day, 111 miles away at Bourne, Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (where we will be spending the night). The second day starts at 6:00 AM (or earlier - depending on the rider) on Sunday, August 4, 2019 and ends, 81 miles away, in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I have a ticket for the slow ferry that leaves Provincetown at 3:00 PM and arrives in Boston, Massachusetts sometime before sunset. Once in Boston, I will get my truck (or, lately, it has been in my dory mate, Hez's, vehicle) and head home.

    I am sixty-seven years old, a life long endurance athlete and an avid deep sea party boat fisherman/captain/owner and President/General Manager of my family's restaurant business in Perkins Cove (Barnacle Billy's, Inc.) Ogunquit, Maine. I chose the PMC as my first pick for a fund raiser because of the cycling but also because I wanted to be a part of the largest one event sports related fund raising drive for cancer in the world. But, like a good ship, I need a good crew of donors to help me make this something special. And, if you know me, I don't do anything half baked once I make a decision to do something. I am asking for your help in contributions to make this thirteenth try a better fund raiser than the first twelve.

    Also, keep in mind, the amount donated is not the most important thing, although the more the better. But the number of donors is very important indeed. I don't care how large or small the donation is as every bit of money will help cancer victims in some way. If you, as a donor, want to make your contribution anonymous, write this as a note with your check and it will be so. Otherwise, donors and donations will appear below. This list will be edited as soon as I am able with your contribution added in order of the date on the check or the date I receive the check. Thank you in advance.

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    The shot above is a digital image that was taken at 5:00 AM in front of the Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts on August 4, 2018, a half hour before the start of the longest PMC ride. This digital image has much history. Since the first PMC ride that Hez and I attended together, Steve LaPlante, Hez and I have always had our picture taken together at the start of the event. Steve, the individual in the black Bunny Clark/PMC shirt, drives up from Connecticut so he can be there at 4:30 AM on the first day of every event I have ever attended. It's easy to find him, even with hundreds of people roaming around; he is taller than all of them! Since our original picture was taken, others have made it a point to make the start as well, including Dave Miller, pictured in the light blue t-shirt. Dave has been one of my fishing customers on the Bunny Clark (as has Steve) for many years. Also appearing in the digital image are Abby Mitchell, my niece (who also rode in the event), far left, yours truly (third one in) and my best friend, Hez, at the far end, right hand side, holding two water bottles. Sometimes I feel that this is the most special part of the trip, when we are all together before the event. It's an exciting moment with individuals who I respect greatly and love dearly.

  • A digital image of me, Tim Tower, taken at 10:00 AM, August 6, 2016, fifteen miles from the finish of the first leg of the PMC ride from the Sturbridge to Provincetown route. This leg stopped at Mass Maritime Academy where we would stay over night in the dorms there before the start of the next day. At the time the shot was taken, the photographer was lying prone on the right hand side of the road. I was the second rider to pass him. But I lost my place when I stopped to fill water bottles at the next water stop. As is customary on the first day, I am wearing the full 2016 PMC kit with matching socks. © PMC Photography



    © PMC Photography

    Tim Tower as seen during the running leg of the West Kennebunk Fire Company Triathlon on Aug 26, 2006. © EJS Photography
    © EJS Photography

    Tim Tower as seen during swim/bike transition during the West Kennebunk Fire Company Triathlon on Aug 26, 2006. After the swim, the bike is taken (running) with the shoes already clipped in. In this image, Tim has already mounted the bike (which is moving at 10 mph), the right foot is in and he is in the process of getting the left foot in the shoe. © EJS Photography
    © EJS Photography

    A shot of me (Tim Tower) in transition after the ocean swimming leg of West Kennebunk Fireman Triathlon sprint (the swim was a third of a mile) on August 26, 2007. © Capstone Photography
    © Capstone Photography (www.capstonephoto.com)

    The ride out of Sturbridge, MA at the start of the PMC August 6, 2016, 5:40 AM. The shot taken from my bike looking at the sea of humanity all riding with the years PMC jersey & the responsibility of helping cancer patients on their backs. © Tim Tower Photograph
    © Tim Tower Photograph

    Paul "Hez" Haseltine during the 2015 PMC. A shot taken on the ride during the second day on the way to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Hez has done the event for eleven years, one more year than I have. But we have ridden together in the PMC since 2006, the first year that he rode without me. © PMC Image
    © PMC Image

    At the finish, on the last day, at the Provincetown Inn, the PMC puts on a lunch under a huge tent adjacent to the Inn. On August 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM, I ran into Billy Starr, the founder and CEO of the PMC. I asked Billy if I could have a "selfie" of he and I, which he obliged (below). I am the one in the black PMC cap and sunglasses. It has been a great honor to know the man. © Deb Tower Photography
    © Tim Tower Image

    A week after the 2016 PMC, Jonathan Cartwright (left) & I find ourselves riding together again. At this point I still haven't taken the racing numbers off my bike yet! This shot was taken in Kennebunk by Daniel Braun. © Tim Tower Image
    © Tim Tower Image

    Picture taken of me, Tim Tower, on the bike leg of the West Kennebunk Fireman (Olympic length) Triathlon on June 17, 2007. © Capstone Photography
    © Capstone Photography (www.capstonephoto.com)

    One of my best friends and fellow PMC rider, Paul Haseltine (left) and myself at Sturbridge, Massachusetts during dinner on the eve of the 2007 PMC ride, Friday, August 3, 2007, my introduction to the PMC. My first time at the event! Notice the Fish Tunes T-shirt - well before it was publically known that The Wildlife Refugees would produce such an astounding collection of original music about fishing. © PMC Photo
    © PMC Photo

    In this digital image I am wearing the full kit of the Maine Coast Cycling Club, an organization that I am very happy to be a part of. Probably the nicest crew that I have ever cycled with. One of the rides leaves every Sunday from Kennebunkport at 8:00 AM (9:00 AM in the winter) and goes for 25 to 50 miles, depending on the on the group you are in. Every Sunday morning you will find me with the MC3 crew. Rides average 20 to 21 mph in the faster groups and 17 mph in the slowest group. No one that gets dropped is ever left behind. And I always wear this kit proudly on the second day of the PMC. © Tim Tower Photography
    © Tim Tower Photo

    A shot taken at 4:30 AM, August 1, 2009 at the Sturbridge, Massachusetts starting line putting the bikes in position before the beginning of the ride. The digital image shows me (Tim Tower) on the right and my best friend and cycling mate, Paul Hesaltine, on the left. At this time I never would have thought that six hours later I would be lying on the ground unconscious from a bike crash. ©
    © PMC Photo

    Sitting on a hospital gurney in the emergency room at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Massachusetts after I tapped the wheel of the rider ahead of me and went down on the pavement. The crash happened ten miles from the finish of the first day at the 2009 PMC while sitting in, riding with a group of fifteen cyclists. The quick response of the emergency crew had an EMT standing over me within a minute, the ambulance another five minutes. I was rendered unconscious during the crash but the CAT scan results at Tobey came out negative. Such are the dangers when riding with others on a bicycle. The crash was totally my fault but, except for a slightly separated shoulder and a cut over my eye (that required a few stitches), all my injuries were in the "road rash" category. ©
    © Paul Haseltine Photo

    Training for the PMC every Sunday with the Maine Coast Cycling Club. This shot was taken on July 23, 2017. ©
    © TT Photo

    On the last day I finished ahead of my cycling mates, Jonathan Cartwright and Daniel Braun. However, this gave me an opportunity to take a picture of them "high fiving" just after the finish line in Provincetown, Massachusetts on August 6, 2017. Daniel is the cyclist on the left. ©
    © Steve LaPlante Photo

    The shot below was taken by Andy Carver, a selfie of sorts showing Andy in the foreground. To his right is yours truly, just to the left of another cyclist. We are no more than seven miles out from the start line on August 4, 2018. The first day everyone wears the PMC kit of that year. Every year the PMC kits are different. Andy was a professional rugby player in England before moving to the United States and raising a family here. He owns a commercial painting company in Boston. A superb athlete, Andy is always a lot of fun to ride with and certainly a challenge on a bike.

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    © Tim Tower Photo

    A picture taken of Steve LaPlante and I before the start of 2011 Pan-Mass Challenge at 4:45 AM in Sturbridge, MA. Steve is wearing the 2011 Bunny Clark/PMC t-shirt. I am wearing the 2011 PMC full kit. ©
    © Paul Haseltine Photo

    A digital image of Lance Armstrong at 5:30 AM at the start of the 2011 Pan-Mass Challenge in Sturbridge, MA on August 7, 2011. This was the one and only time that Lance did this ride. I caught up with him at the 13 mile mark and ended up riding with him for almost 30 miles. At one point during the ride he held my wheel as we left the group he was riding with (Senator John Kerry's group). Although I tried talking with Lance during the ride, he did not talk to me. ©
    © Tim Tower Photo

    A digital image of U. S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) at 5:30 AM at the start of the 2011 Pan-Mass Challenge in Sturbridge, MA on August 7, 2011. I rode with Senator Brown for a while and talked with him before leaving him in order to catch up with the Lance Armstrong/Senator Kerry group. I found him to be a very receptive down to earth guy. Very unpretentious and a delight to talk with. ©
    © Tim Tower Photo

    A digital image of U. S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) at 11:00 AM during the end of the first day ride in the 2012 Pan-Mass Challenge on August 4, 2012. We were only a quarter of a mile (the 112 mile mark) from the finish of the first day ride from Sturbridge, MA to Bourne, MA (Mass. Maritime Academy). Senator Kerry is the rider with the black/white shorts and orange Cervélo bike. Surrounding him were the Secret Service contingent who he rode with. I rode for 70 miles with Senator Kerry's group that day. Senator Kerry rode the PMC for many years until he became Secretary of State in 2013 and was unable to participate in the ride that year. ©
    © Tim Tower Photo

    make a donation
    In order to make a donation, make a check out to Pan-Massachusetts Challenge/Jimmy Fund and send it to me, Tim Tower (PMC), at P.O. Box 837, Ogunquit, Maine 03907. Or you can make a donation electronically with your credit card by going to my profile page on the PMC site and click on the "Donate to My Ride" blue button. Follow the instructions from there. For more information, contact Tim:
    207-646-2214
    sowhake@gmail.com
    DATE of CHECK DONOR ORGANIZATION STATE DONATION
    1.) 01-01-19 Meg Tower In Loving Memory of Nick Bowden (Deb's brother), Milt Vargelis & Everyone Affected with this Horrible Disease ME $2000
    2.) 01-02-19 Kim Massett Personal NH $20
    3.) 01-22-19 Richard & Donna McGuinness Personal GA $100
    4.) 01-25-19 Peter & Patricia Vangness In Memory of Michael Koppstein MA $100
    5.) 02-12-19 Tom Bruyere & the St. Lawrence River Rats Personal NY $250
    6.) 02-16-19 Richard Payeur & Elinor Kostanski Personal FL $250
    7.) 02-16-19 Meg Tower In Loving Memory of Larry Remkiewicz, the Most Wonderful Husband, Dad, Friend & Human Being we had the Pleasure of Knowing and Having. We Miss You! Also, in Loving Memory of our Dear Brother in Law, Michael Koppstein. May You Both Rest in Peace. ME $2000
    02-17-19 >>>>>>> Total to Date >>>>>>> $4,720