Help Support Captain Tim's 2009 Ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge toward a Cure for Cancer
corporate sponsors Welcome to my site where I attempt to make a difference for cancer patients throughout the world by dedicating some of my free time to raising money for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC). The PMC is an 192 mile (two day) cycling event where cyclists are sponsored to raise the money needed to fight cancer and for cancer care. I am one of those cyclists. The 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 tenth year of my involvement (the end of 2016), I had moved a total of $258,594.77 in donations. Many donations come from the same individuals who give to my cancer drive year after year. But there are many new contributors as well. In 2017, 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!

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 four 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 $4 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 to the general fund so that they choose where they need the money most. 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, nine of my friends 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 (up to 5600 riders a year) who believe in this event. And, last year, this one cycling event raised over $47,000,000.00! The total money raised since the PMC's inception is $547,000,000.00! 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 5, 2016 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 August 6, 2016 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-five years old (sixty-six as a triathlete), a life long endurance athlete and an avid deep sea party boat fisherman/captain/owner and President 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 eleventh try a better fund raiser than the first ten.

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 digital image above was taken by a fellow rider with my iPhone at the Brewster, Massachusetts PMC water stop on August 7, 2016. Well manned water stops are placed by the PMC approximately every twenty-five miles along the ride for every route taken. The first day I avoid them, trying to get as many miles behind me as I can in order to get to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy early. The second day, this day, I ride with cyclists I have befriended over the years and stop at every one. On the second day of the 2016 PMC I rode with three other excellent cyclists of about the same ability. They are shown above. From left to right: yours truly (Tim Tower), Jonathan Cartwright (world renown chef from Sheffield, England), Katie Mark (Miami Beach, Florida, who frequently rides in the winter with my cycling friends from Maine) and Daniel Braun (Brussels, Begium, who also has a place in Kennebunk, Maine & an international consultant). We had all previously cycled together before except for Katie. This was Katie's first PMC, known because cycling friends at home had suggested she contact me while doing the ride.

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
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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

Tim Tower (background w/ red racing sweater & white helmet) with his friend, Breeze Keller (foreground w/ red racing sweater & white helmet), Maine's U-23 cycling champion, waiting for the start of the annual Great Osprey Bike Challenge on Nov. 5, 2004, a twenty-seven mile cycling race in Freeport, Maine. © Chuck MacDonald Image
© Chuck MacDonald Image

The disk wheel is my friend! © EJS Photography
© EJS Photography

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

Trying to eat up the road the best I can. © EJS Photography
© EJS Photography

My sometimes training buddy, Gill, and I relaxing after a ride in June. I am wearing the 2012 PMC issue full kit. The bike is my 2012 Ridley, Noah. © Deb Tower Photography
© Deb 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
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The BC/PMC-'07 first addition of the Bunny Clark/PMC t-shirt arsenal. We have designed and produced a new shirt every year to commemorate that seasons PMC. Ten different shirts in total. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the shirt go to the Pan-Mass. Challenge/Jimmy Fund. Handsome devil as a model, hey? © Halley A. H. Tower Photograph
© Halley A. H. Tower Photograph

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. 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

A shot taken on the "slow ferry" from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Boston, Massachusetts on August 2, 2009. I can be seen toasting the end of an event, the last day (ride) of which I was denied on the bike because of the head trauma I sustained after the crash the first day. In the picture I am enjoying my favorite anesthetic, a rum & Coke, happy to be standing vertically on my own and proudly displaying the war wounds I received the day before. I realize that this is nothing compared to what kids with cancer go through on a daily basis. And, yes, cycling is a little more dangerous than running. ©
© PMC Photo

Training for the PMC at night in the fall gives you a different view of things. ©
© PMC Photo

A picture of Hez (left) and I just before the start of the 2010 Pan-Mass Challenge. This picture was taken at 4:30 AM in front of the Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Hez was the one who got me involved with the PMC after he did the ride for the first time in 2006. We have been doing the ride together ever since. A month before this picture was taken, Hez was diagnosed with prostate cancer giving us more incentive to continue with the fund raising efforts - as if we needed more incentive. Still, when it strikes so close to home, one can't help but realize how important it is to have good friends and keep them. ©
© Steve LaPlante Photo

A picture taken on August 7, 2010 by a random cyclist at the first water stop of the first day of the 2010 PMC ride from Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown, MA. The shot (from left to right) shows me, Lisa Johnson, Don Johnson and, daughter, Bethanie Johnson. They waited at this rest stop until I showed up. The Johnson family is a big part of Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing and yearly donors to the PMC. And you will notice that Don is sporting the 2010 Bunny Clark/PMC t-shirt! ©
© 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

A picture taken by Hez (foreground) and I riding on the second day of the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge, August 4, 2013. We had just left the bike path along the Cape Cod Canal and were headed to the open road. ©
© Paul Haseltine 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:
1.) 01-01-17 Meg Tower Personal ME $2000
2.) 01-02-17 Terry, Mona & the Higher Ground Crew In Memory of Billy Tower ME $150
3.) 01-24-17 Bernice "Bunny" Clark Tower Personal ME $2000
4.) 02-01-17 Paul Kostopoulos Personal CT $500
5.) 02-01-17 Tom Bruyere Personal NY $250
6.) 02-11-17 Mark & Maureen LaRocca Personal NY $750
7.) 02-16-17 David & Joanne Miller In Memory of Billy Tower & Christine Keniston MA $250
02-18-17 >>>>>>> Total to Date >>>>>>> $5,900