We are a group of friends and family members riding to raise money cancer research at Dana Farber in memory of Michael Feeley.
Mike had the most anticipated, and advertised, retirement of anyone I have known. Seemed he would ask twice a week "Hey, did I tell you I was retiring?" For two years he would ask you this, and it just became a running joke.
Well, he did retire and life was good... for about a year. He got to ride whenever he wanted and would always tell me about the latest route they took; the climbs, the views, the brewery they visited, etc. I can't count the times he would text and say "Retirement is everything they said it would be".
Then he was diagnosed with cancer. Then COVID restrictions put everything on hold, except for the countless trips to Boston for treatment. So many trips.
Mike never did get to do that bike ride around Ireland as he had planned on. He didn't get to rent that lighthouse in Maine that he and Cindy had planned on. We didn't get to do one of his favorite rides together through Deerfield, Sunderland, and Montague.
Well, on June 17th we will be pedaling our way through the Pioneer Valley as part of Team Feeley to raise money for DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE. Ironically, the route happens to be part of one of Mike’s favorite rides and passes the cemetery where he was laid to rest. So, we will bring a Guiness along on the ride and stop to honor a man who had such a positive influence on so many lives.
These life saving funds will relieve the burden of disease now and for the future through research, clinical care, education, outreach and advocacy. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's ultimate goal is the eradication of cancer, and related diseases and the fear that they engender. Please support this ride, and help create a future free of cancer.
Thank you for your support
Barry and Team Feeley
The BIKES FIGHT CANCER Charity Ride
Love Bikes? Hate Cancer? This is the ride for you!
This charity FUNdraising bike ride, in Western Mass, provides funding to organizations that offer valuable cancer care and services, and to organizations that are advancing cancer research. Riders can choose from 25-mile and 50-mile routes that both weave through the beautiful Pioneer Valley and along the Connecticut River. The 50-mile ride will be a bit more challenging but will reward riders with some amazing views. There will be fun post ride activities like a kids trail ride, food trucks, and of course amazing Tree House beer. This is a can’t miss bike ride!
· Choose from the 25 or 50 mile rides, same low registration fee and fundraising minimum
· Registration Fee includes: a fully supported amazing route, awesome water stops, post ride food truck voucher, cool pint glass, fun swag and more!
· Fundraising Goal of $100 includes an amazing feeling of hope for helping find a cure for cancer!
· 100% of every donation goes directly to Bikes Fight Cancer!
About Bikes Fight Cancer:
Receiving their 501(c)(3) status in 2023, Bikes Fight Cancer Inc. is a Western Massachusetts nonprofit who use their love of bikes to lessen the burden of a cancer diagnosis on patients, families, and caregivers. Through athletic events, like the Bikes Fight Cancer Charity Ride and the Bikes Fight Cancer PMC Team, we will empower a community to participate, donate, and fundraise in the fight against cancer. Through these activities, Bikes Fight Cancer is able to provide funding to organizations that offer valuable cancer care and services, and to organizations that are advancing cancer research.
Bikes Fight Cancer
Bikes Fight Cancer started in 2006 with 3 friends from Palmer, has become a powerhouse group of fundraising athletes, raising over $1 Million in the past 18 years for cancer fighting research and care.
Now a 501c3 organization, Bikes Fight Cancer uses our love of bikes to raise funds for valuable cancer research, care and services to lessen the burden of a cancer diagnosis. Through athletic events like our Bikes Fight Cancer Charity Ride we encourage a community to participate, donate and fundraise to feel empowered in the fight against cancer. Nonprofit organizations supported by the Bikes Fight Cancer include: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and The Cancer House of Hope, D’Amour Center for Cancer Care at Baystate Hospital.