Monday, July 2, 2012
The August bicycling event that raises money for cancer research and patient care has drawn 38 Somerville residents this year.
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, or Pan-Mass Challenge as it's known, will include 38 bicyclists from Somerville this year, according to an announcement sent on behalf of the fundraising event. About 5500 cyclists from 36 states and eight countries will participate in the 2012 bicycling event, which will be held Aug. 4 and 5 throughout the state, according to the announcement. The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for the Jimmy Fund, which helps fund cancer research and patient care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Last year, Pan-Mass Challenge riders raised $35 million, and this year organizers have set a goal of $36 million. Each rider must raise between $500 and $4300 to participate, depending on their level of participation. See …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The 5K road race begins at 9:45 a.m., and race-day registration is available.
The 10th annual M.O.M.'s Run and Walk for Cancer takes place Sunday morning, and it will be followed by a party held in the back room and parking lot of The Burren featuring food from Redbones and drinks from Harpoon. The run and walk benefits cancer research at Dana Farber. You can learn more by visiting the M.O.M's Run website. Race-day registration is available, according to the event listing. Learn more here.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Patriots linebacker and the Tufts University football team staged a simulated "draft day" for 8-year-old Riley Roman, who's undergone major brain surgery to treat a tumor.
New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovitch visited Tufts University's Somerville campus Wednesday to help stage a special event for an 8-year-old boy whose life has been turned upside down by a brain tumor. Riley Roman, from South Hadley, was recently diognosed with a rare primitive neuroectodermal tumor, known as a PNET, which can spread quickly. The boy has undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy at Children's Hospital Boston, and due to the severity of his treatment he's living at the Ronald McDonald House. Ninkovitch became friends with Riley during a visit to the hospital, and the two have remained in touch. Ninkovitch attended Riley's eighth birthday party, according Samantha and Amy McCarthy, Riley's aunts, and the…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Jenna Norton moved to Somerville from Houston to follow pursue a new career and life. She's running the Boston Marathon to benefit a 12-year-old lymphoma patient at Mass General.
A number of Somervillians are running the Boston Marathon next week in support of worthy causes. Learn about some of them here. Below, we quickly profile one Somerville runner. Name: Jenna Norton Age: 27 Marathon experience: In an email, Norton writes, "This is my second marathon as Houston was my first. I started running in early 2009 when I could barely run a mile. Now I run consistently minimalist/barefoot and have done a variety of 5ks, half marathons, (and soon the Big Boston!) Eventually my goal is to do an Ironman or an Ultramarathon." Charity: Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Fundraising pages: Reason for running: Norton's father died of cancer four years ago. It was a moment that changed her life. She's running the …