There are lots of ways to fundraise, check out these ideas and be sure to share your ideas with us! Below are a few ideas that riders have shared with us:
---Make jewelry and sell it
---Host a yard sale at your house (do it with friends!)
---Have a lemonade stand at the end of your driveway, or at your sibling's sports games
3rd grader in Marshfield raised $147 from lemonade stand/bake sale one afternoon
---Have a bake sale at your sibling's sports games, or outside of Stop & Shop
---Offer to walk dogs in your neighborhood
---Do yard work at your house, or for your neighbors and ask for a donation for your ride
---Have car wash
Marshfield Team Irons Strong held car wash and raised $850!
---Create your web page with your rider ID and email the link to friends and family to donate
---Form a Team and fundraise together.
---Send us your fundraising ideas and we'll post them. Add a photo if you'd like!
Two 4th grade students from St.Paul's School in Hingham:
On May 7, 2014, Saint Paul School (Hingham, MA) 4th graders, Teagan Schnorr and Sara Ryan, organized a "Hats ON Day” at their school to raise money for the 2014 PMC Kids Ride. Excited about the opportunity for kids to help kids through this effort, the school community wore a variety of fun hats and generously donated $278 to PMC.
The girls look forward to the ride again this year and have recruited many of their family and friends to join their team.
Martinson Elementary School Shows its PMC Spirit!
Julia playing violin for donations
"On the weekend of June 8 there is a very special event coming up, it is the Kids PMC. The PMC is a bike ride fundraiser to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Everybody who enters pays a small fee of $15. There are different loops for kids of all ages and adults can volunteer. The reason it is special to me is that I like helping other people. Everybody should play their part to help. How I fundraise is I play my violin at Starbucks and at any crowded sports field. Also you can get your family involved. They will be happy to help out. Far away or close they can donate to your online account. I’ve been doing it for four years and it is one of the things I most look forward to at the end of the school year! I hope you enjoy the PMC as much as I do."
Car wash fundraiser at Martinson Elementary School
PMC South Shore Kids Riders in Duxbury sold cookies in front of a grocery store and raised $160 for their ride!
2014-Heavy Hitter Program
Raise $250 or more and become a PMC Kids "Heavy Hitter". You will receive a special Heavy Hitter gift, and a Certificate of Achievement from PMC headquarters. To congratulate this achievement, you will also be entered into a special raffle to win an iPad Mini. To qualify, you must have raised over $250 by September 1st.
New this year, kids who raise $700 or more become Breakaway fundraisers and will receive a special PMC backpack.
All fundraising must be completed by September 1, 2014.
Our Newest Pedal Partners:
The Pedal Partner program is a wonderful way for riders to connect with a child who has been affected by cancer. Our Pedal Partner is truly the face of our Ride. This year we have two new Pedal Partners: Malia and Brennan. Malia is a beautiful 5 year girl. Following is her story, written by her parents, Glen and Megan:
On April 1, 2011, it was official: 2 ½-year-old Malia’s carefree life of Disney World and pony rides, soccer practice and swimming pools, came to a grinding halt. A CT scan revealed that Malia's recent "tummy aches" were caused by a large tumor lodged in her abdomen. A biopsy confirmed that Malia has a very aggressive childhood cancer known as stage IV (high risk) neuroblastoma. The cancer had metastasized into her bones and bone marrow (cranium, humerus, and femur). Immediately after the debilitating diagnosis, Malia's parents, Megan and Glen, left Orlando, Florida in order to provide their daughter with the best treatment currently available to her at the Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic. To survive, Malia's little body had to endure six rounds of chemo, nine hours of tumor resection surgery, a stem cell transplant, removal of a kidney and an adrenal gland, twelve rounds of proton radiation, countless blood transfusions, and immunotherapy. We are thrilled to share that as of July 2012, Malia has been declared NED (No Evidence of Disease). Yay!! However, since the rate of relapse with neuroblastoma is so high (and since there is no cure once a child relapses), we have entered her in a two-year-long remission trial, which utilizes a medication called DFMO 2/day and includes scans every three months as well as monthly oncology appointments. Malia, like all children diagnosed with this awful disease, has shown an unbelievable strength and willpower throughout her treatment. We are thankful for every single day we get with our beautiful daughter!
Our second new Pedal Partner this year is a wonderful five year old boy, Brennan. Following is his story, written by his mom, Sharon:
On July 8,
2012, Brennan was diagnosed with leukemia. He was only 4 years old at the
time. Our family was shocked and scared. We were told he had the
"good" type of leukemia which has a high cure rate - which gave us
some comfort. We were also told that Brennan would need to spend over a
month in the hospital and would continue with weekly chemotherapy for over two
years. It was hard to imagine how we would get through this with 3 other
young children at home, who were 6, 7 and 9 at the time. Family and
friends were a huge support to us - preparing meals for our family, taking our
kids to and from activities, bringing gifts for Brennan and visiting us in the
hospital. We are forever grateful for the support we have received.
We are also thankful that we live so close to the best hospitals and cancer
care centers in the world. The doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers at
The Jimmy Fund have provided Brennan and our family with the best possible
care. Brennan's weekly appointments at The Jimmy Fund are long - usually
4-6 hours, but he actually looks forward to going. And once we're there -
even after being there for several hours, he usually wants to stay
longer. A true testament for what an amazing place The Jimmy
Fund is. The Jimmy Fund website says that it is a place where families
come to find hope - and it is that and so much more! Families come from
all over the world, move their families to Boston from other countries, so
their kids can be treated there. It really is that great.
The Jimmy Fund
has also provided our entire family with special experiences such as tickets to
Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins games, weekend retreats with other Jimmy Fund
families, and summer and winter festivals. Getting to share in these
experiences as a family during this otherwise difficult time has meant so much
to us. I hope that it is these special experiences that our kids remember
about Brennan being in treatment and not the countless hours he's spent at
doctor's appointment, the side effects he's had during treatment and the things
he's not been able to do because of treatment.
Fund and Dana-Farber are doing phenomenal things with cancer research.
The money raised through the PMC kids ride will further this research and get
us all one step closer to a cure for all cancer. Thank you for riding for
Brennan, for all of the kids being treated at The Jimmy Fund and for helping to
get us closer to a cure!
PMC 2013 South Shore-Higham Kids Ride video by Niklas Weikert