LONDONDERRY — Amina Dallahi has been named a Pedal Partner of the 31st annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge.
As a PMC Pedal Partner, the 5-year-old Londonderry resident will inspire more than 5,000 cyclists to ride up to 190 miles across Massachusetts to raise money for adult and pediatric cancer care and research through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund.
Amina was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May 2008, and is being treated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's pediatric oncology center, the Jimmy Fund Clinic. The PMC Pedal Partner program matches Jimmy Fund Clinic patients with PMC cyclists who will ride in their honor. PMC Pedal Partners range in age from infants to teenagers.
The Pedal Partner program offers an inspiring opportunity for PMC cyclists to connect with pediatric cancer patients being treated in the Jimmy Fund Clinic. For the children, being a designated a Pedal Partner is an exciting experience that takes their minds off their cancer treatments More often than not, PMC cyclists and Pedal Partner families form long-lasting friendships that extend beyond the PMC.
On May 15, Pedal Partners, their families and the cyclists riding for them met for the first time at the Pedal Partner Party at Fenway Park. Because of a family scheduling conflict, Amina was unable to attend.
During PMC weekend, Aug. 7 and 8, photographs of the Pedal Partners will line the bike routes, motivating riders to keep cycling. On Saturday, Aug. 7, many Pedal Partners will meet their cycling teams in Lakeville at a water stop along the PMC route. Pedal Partners and their families connect with their teams and hear stories from the road. For riders, meeting up with the children while riding in the PMC is an emotional and meaningful experience.