NORWICH – Freshman twin sisters have opted to take on the challenge of bringing something special to them to Norwich, the first ever Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride in New York State.
The girls, Hannah and Brenna Baker, have participated in the PMC in Rhode Island for many years.
The PMC is an adult bike ride across Massachusetts and it is a major fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
In 2005, PMC Kids Rides began as a way to allow children to participate in fund raising to help fight cancer. There are 35 Kids Rides currently scheduled to take place throughout New England, yet the ride the twins are planning will be the first in New York.
“When we started participating in the PMC Kids Ride in Rhode Island in 2009, it was because our close friend Liz had been treated at Dana Farber. She was one of the first women in the United States to be treated for cancer while she was pregnant more than 18 years ago,” said the girls. “Liz has been in remission since that time and both she and her 18-year-old daughter Beth are in good health today. During our first rides, we rode in memory of our nana, Brigid Campbell. She lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2002. While we continue to ride in memory of her, we also ride in memory of other loved ones including our dear friend Eddie Caputo, who lost his battle with cancer. We want to help find a cure for this terrible disease and decided to bring the first PMC Kids Ride in New York State to Norwich.”