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Two cyclists from Agawam raise funds to fight cancer

Two cyclists from Agawam raise funds to fight cancer

Michael Henry (above) along with Michael Donahue will ride in a bikeathon to raise money for cancer research and patient treatments at the Dana-Farber Cancer…

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Michael Henry (above) along with Michael Donahue will ride in a bikeathon to raise money for cancer research and patient treatments at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Reminder Publishing submitted photo

AGAWAM – Two avid cyclists from Agawam will be pedaling this weekend to raise money that will go directly to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for cancer research and patient treatments.

Michael Henry and Michael Donahue are among more than 6,000 cyclists who will ride a one- or two-day route on Aug. 6 and 7 in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) bikeathon. PMC 2022 – its 43rd year – will include 16 routes from 25 to 210 miles designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising ability.

The goal is to raise $66 million to provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. Most riders participate in honor of a family member or friend fighting cancer.

Henry will do the one-day ride on Sunday between the Bourne Bridge and the Provincetown Inn – about 68 miles. Donahue will bike in the two-day route that starts in Sturbridge with a stop in Bourne on Saturday night. He will continue to Provincetown on Sunday for a total distance of approximately 192 miles.

Henry was inspired to pedal in the bikeathon in 2018 after seeing first-hand how new treatments can make a difference for cancer patients. Shortly after he began dating his future wife that year, she received a breast cancer diagnosis.

“I got to see […]

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