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Brielle's Brigade continues battle for cancer research through PMC

Brielle's Brigade continues battle for cancer research through PMC
More than 30 riders have cycled for a cure as members of Brielle's Brigade. Brielle beat leukemia twice but is now battling osteosarcoma.

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June 18, 2012
GREATER SPRINGFIELD — Since 2006, Brielle's Brigade has come together to ride in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This August will mark the team's seventh PMC and they come together again in honor and memory of many loved ones who are battling or have battled the disease. Prior to the ride, the Brigade will host two fund-raisers to meet their goal of a $750,000 donation to the PMC: the seventh annual Cocktail Party and Silent Auction at Springfield Country Club on June 29 and the fifth annual Carnival for a Cure at Spec Pond in Wilbraham on July 22.
Unfortunately, each team member has their own personal story of loved ones affected by cancer, however, the person that unifies this team namesake, Brielle. Brielle has valiantly been fighting cancer for the last eight years.
With the help of her sister Jaclyn and many others, she successfully beat leukemia twice. Last year, on the eve of the Brigade's sixth ride, the team found out the cancer had returned in the form of osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, which had also spread to her lungs.
At that point Brielle and her family turned to the doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Through her passion for life and her amazing spirit, Brielle is "not afraid" to triumph over cancer yet again.
Since 2006, more than 30 riders have proudly worn the Brigade's colors, and been supported by family, friends and local business partners who share in this purpose. Together, they have raised more than $600,000 to benefit cancer research and treatment for The Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The PMC is the nation's original fund-raising bike-a-thon and today raises more money than any other athletic fund-raising event in the country.
The two-day ride, Aug. 4 to 5, begins in Sturbridge and ends in Provincetown for a total of 192 miles. Most of Team Brielle's Brigade actually begins a day early on the New York-Massachusetts border for a total of 300 miles over three days.
Since 1980, the PMC has contributed $338 million to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
In 2011, nearly 5,500 cyclists contributed $35 million to the Jimmy Fund. The 2012 goal is $36 million.
Since 2007, 100 percent of every rider-dollar raised went directly to the Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The cost to attend Team Brielle's Brigade Cocktail Party and Silent Auction at Springfield Country Club in West Springfield on June 29 is $40 at the door or call Ed Moses at 531-0789 for advance tickets.
The Carnival for a Cure at Spec Pond on Boston Road in Wilbraham will kick-off on July 22 at 1 p.m. Admission is free to all.
To support Team Brielle's Brigade, make a donation at www.pmc.org. Select "Make A Donation," then enter team e-gift number TB0117. "Select" Team Brielle's Brigade and then follow donation process to team or individual e-gift accounts.
For more information, email briellesbrigade@charter.net.
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