An 8-year-old Milton boy was named a “Pedal Partner” of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge and will be honored May 19 at Fenway Park.
Jared Mitchell, who was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor in 2011, will be matched with a team of cyclists who will ride in the August event in his honor, a news release said.
At the May 19 event, the organization will hold a kick off party during which Pedal Partners such as Jared will meet the cyclists who will be riding for them.
The Pedal Partner program aims to connect cyclists with pediatric cancer patients while giving the children an exciting experience that can distract them from cancer treatments.
“Pedal Partners inspire and motivate PMC riders to train, raise money, and complete the vigorous cycling challenge,” Billy Starr, Pan-Massachusetts Challenge founder and executive director said. “The Pedal Partner program is a special way for us to extend our ride to the children and families for whom cancer is a daily reality.
During the 190-mile race in August more than 5,000 cyclists will ride in honor of a cancer patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a statement said. Poster-sized photos of the various Pedal Partners will line the course to give the cyclists inspiration and on Aug. 4 the children and their families will gather at a water stop along the route in Lakeville.
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