Help Support Tim's 2020 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 thirteenth year of my involvement (the end of 2019), I had moved a total of $344,567.77 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 2020, my goal is to raise over $40,000.00 as soon as I can and then add to that total. I would like to raise over $50,000.00! I raised a grand total of $36,465.00 in 2019, the most I have ever raised in a year! Thank you all!

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I took the digital image above at the Wellfleet PMC designated "water stop" in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. This is the last water stop before you get to Provincetown, Massachusetts, our destination. This water stop and the Brewster water stop are the two most popular water stops on the second day. I am sporting the P4K team kit designed by Marissa Parent (now Marissa Duggan). The other riders with the same kit are, obviously part of the team as well.

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 (PFK), the name of the team derived from the type of "new age" cancer research called precision cancer medicine. This is the second 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 profiling. Her goal is to find the specific gene in the DNA sequence of the person with the cancer, use a targeted drug that will "switch off" the gene (they haven't yet learned how to replace the gene) causing the cancer and, thus, bypass the traditional use of chemotherapy and radiation while curing the patient. She has already had great success in real time with several children at the time of this writing. This made me want to direct my donor's money in her direction. Four 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 6800 riders last year) who believe in this event. And, last year, this one cycling event raised over $63,000,000.00! The total money raised since the PMC's inception, in 1980, is $717,000,000.00! 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 1, 2020 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 2, 2020 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-eight 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 fourteenth try a better fund raiser than the first thirteen.

    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 on the first riding day of the 2019 PMC, August 3, 2019. I took the shot with my iPhone between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM at the lunch stop at Dighton-Rehoboth, Massachusetts. The picture shows yours truly (left) and Paul "Hez" Haseltine. Hez was the person who suggested I do this event in 2006 after he had ridden in it that year for his first time. I was interested in helping fight cancer. He also knew that I liked riding a road bike for distance. He said; "This would be perfect for you. You can raise money for cancer, push the donation money to a reputable organization located in our own back yard and enjoy a challenging, well run and felicitous cycling event." I researched it. The more I read about the event and the many successes of the DFCI, the more I liked the idea. Hez had completed one of the shorter rides in 2006. I agreed to do it with him for the first time in 2007 if we could do it together and take part in the longest ride. We have been doing it ever since, staying in the same room at Sturbridge and MMA. A life long friend, I wouldn't do the event without him. Or, at least, it wouldn't be nearly as fun. I got more serious about it when he was found to have prostate cancer a couple of years after we starting doing it together. Hez was also the one who suggested that I be part of the P4K team. He thought my donation money would be better spent funneling it directly to research and that this was, in his opinion, the preeminent team to belong to. Again, I did the research and decided to give it a try. Now I too feel that I get more bang for the buck by riding and pooling donation money with P4K team. I guess to me, Hez is the most important cog in the wheel of my involvement. I've come to believe that he has the most common sense of anyone who I have had the pleasure to know. He's a good friend. My best friend.

  • 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. At the time, Hez had done the event for eleven years, one more year than I had. But we have ridden together in the PMC since 2007, a year after he had ridden in the event without me for the first time. We have taken part in this event together ever since. © PMC Image
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    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
    © Daniel Braun 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. ©
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    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. ©
    © Tim Tower 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. ©
    © Tim Tower 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 English foot player (goalie) 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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    © Andy Carver 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

    Every Saturday start of the PMC every year, good friends and regular anglers of my boat, the F/V Bunny Clark, drive to Sturbridge, Massachusetts to arrive at 4:30 AM to see Hez and I off and wish us good luck on the first leg of the PMC ride. We always try to get a digital image of the four of us. This shot was taken on August 3, 2019 at 5:00 AM. From left to right are yours truly, Dave Miller (MA), Steve LaPlante (CT) and Hez. ©
    © Tim Tower Photo

    I took the digital image below on August 3, 2019, the first riding day of the Pan-Mass. Challenge. I was riding with some of the team members best suited for my speed and way of riding the bike. The first day requirement on the ride is that every participant/rider has to wear the PMC's kit for that season. The riders who I enjoy riding with form a "train" where one leads and the other riders stay closely behind, drafting each other. It's a means of covering more ground, more quickly with less effort than if you did it alone. I took a few seconds to take a few pictures of the riders leading. ©
    © Tim Tower Photo

    On the second day, all the riders wear their club kits, team kits or kits they enjoy wearing on every day rides. The shot above shows me moving to the back after leading our group, all wearing the P4K team colors. This digital image was taken about ten miles from our destination on the Cape, Provincetown, Massachusetts. In the picture, I'm the closest one to the camera. ©
    © Andy Carver Photo

    A digital image of me out of the saddle during the second day of the ride, Sunday, August 4, 2019. ©
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    A digital image of me (left), Billy Starr (middle - the founder of the PMC, it's president & CEO) & Mike Parent (founder of the P4K team) taken on Sunday, August 4, 2019. ©
    © Tim Tower Photo

    I took this digital image on Sunday, August 4, 2019 as we were going down "the chute" in the last few yards before the finish of the 2019 PMC in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The picture shows P4K team members, Katie & Fred Stallings (sister & brother) holding hands in victory of another safe, enjoyable end to 2019's PMC ride. ©
    © Tim Tower Photo

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    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
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    DATE of CHECK DONOR ORGANIZATION STATE DONATION
    1.) 01-01-20 Meg Tower "For all you do for the cause, Tim." ME $2000
    2.) 01-04-20 Joe & Paula Amato Personal - "eGift" NH $120
    3.) 01-20-20 Richard Payeur & Elinor Kostanski Personal FL/ME $250
    4.) 01-29-20 William Mitchell Personal NH $650
    5.) 01-30-20 Harry Moore Personal - "eGift" MA $25
    6.) 02-05-20 David Garriepy Personal - "eGift" ME $50
    7.) 02-05-20 Rick Longwell Personal - "eGift" MA $100
    8.) 02-13-20 Paul Kostopoulos Personal CT $500
    9.) 02-15-20 Tom Bruyere & the St. Lawrence River Rats Personal NY $250
    10.) 02-16-20 Richard & Donna McGuinness In Memory of Pamela McGuinness GA $100
    11.) 02-18-20 Wayne & Jackie Griffin Personal MA $1000
    12.) 02-25-20 John & Romayne Bockstoce Personal MA $250
    13.) 03-03-20 Dennis P. Fagan Personal - "eGift" MI $20
    14.) 03-03-20 Julian & Sue Epstein Personal - "eGift" FL $100
    15.) 04-07-20 Tom Pierce Personal - "eGift" MA $25
    16.) 04-09-20 Robert Audler Personal - "eGift" IN $100
    17.) 04-09-20 Jack Judge Personal - "eGift" CT $50
    18.) 05-01-20 Tim & Deb Tower Monies Paid to the PMC for the Event that was Canceled ME $500
    19.) 05-08-20 Dawn Beckwith & Sally Personal ME $60
    20.) 05-08-20 Kathleen Hessefort Roy Personal - "eGift" NH $100
    21.) 05-09-20 Stephen Guilmet Personal - "eGift" MA $25
    22.) 05-12-20 Robert Audler Personal IN $125
    23.) 05-14-20 Steven M. LaPlante Personal CT $100
    24.) 05-20-20 Ray Washburn Personal VT $250
    05-21-20 >>>>>>> Total to Date >>>>>>> $6,750