By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury/Grafton – Bicyclists ages 3 to 13 participated in the fifth annual Shrewsbury/Grafton Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride, held May 16 at the UMass Medical School South Street Campus in Shrewsbury. Proceeds go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund.
The fundraiser honored Colin Spinney, 6, of Grafton as its PMC Pedal Partner. The Pedal Partner program connects riders with a child affected by cancer. Diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012, Colin has recently been declared cancer-free. He’ll visit Dana-Farber for annual checkups.
Colin was also recognized as a Breakaway Fundraiser for collecting at least $750. Eight participants ages 4 to 13 were named Heavy Hitters for raising at least $250 each.
After bicyclists travelled around the mini or super loops, they joined family members for raffles, a barbecue, ice cream and samples from Wicked Twisted Soft Pretzels of North Grafton. Mingling with guests were this year’s titleholders Miss Massachusetts USA, Polikseni Manxhari; Mrs. Massachusetts International, Patricia Sandoz; and Miss Teen Massachusetts International, Samantha Berg. Music was provided by 105.7 WROR.
The Shrewsbury/Grafton ride was started by the Wagner family to honor a family member. It was led this year by Benjamin Wagner, a junior at Bancroft School in Worcester. About 50 volunteers were from Bancroft School, Shrewsbury Lions Club and Worcester Academy.
Fundraising can continue through Tuesday, Sept. 1. Last year, the Shrewsbury/Grafton PMC Kids Ride raised over $16,000.