August Giving

August on Cape Cod is still bustling with tourists and activities: beach concerts, fish fries, and theater continue. It’s also a month of giving.

The Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) is a one or two-day bike-a-thon which raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. In fact, it raises more money than any other charity—$338 million since its start in 1980, and every rider-raised cent goes to Dana Farber. Volunteer cyclists ride on several routes from as far as Sturbridge, MA, mid-state, to the tip of Provincetown. Each cyclist—approximately 5,500 of them— must raise between $500 and $4,300 to ride in the PMC. Their goal this year was $36 million. This is an amazing event. You can read more about it on their website: http://www.pmc.org.

Besides supporting the PMC, the Boston Red Sox hold an annual radio-telethon this month to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. The team has declared August the Jimmy Fund Month. Players and staff make additional contributions in their own way. No one is immune from heartbreak when a child has cancer. This charity is especially dear to me as a nurse. Over the years, Dana Farber has increased the survival rates of the children they treat from around 50% to over 80%!

The largest cultural event of the season, the TD Bank Pops by the Sea Concert, brings the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to perform on the Hyannis Village Green each August. The festivities start with warm-up talent, including one of my favorite bands, Crabgrass, who perform toe-tapping bluegrass music in other venues during the season. Now I’ve come full circle and this blog is way too long!

 

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About Gerri

I'm in my second career. Besides raising my beautiful family, worked as RN. Now I'm a novelist. Have completed five novels and working on my sixth. Way more fun than nursing! Happy hubby and neurotic cat hang out with me.

Posted on August 27, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My husband and I just spent 4 days on the Cape. What a wonderful peaceful and fun place! The humming birds were busy having breakfast from the Rose of Sharon tree outside my sister’s house, the birds flocked to her feeders and the chipmonks came to get the seeds that dropped on the ground. We went to estate sales looking for treasures and found some. I can’t wait to get back there!

  2. The Cape Cod Times just wrapped up its summertime “Neediest Families” fund-raising: it will appear again during the holiday season. The giving goes–via vouchers only– to local families who could use a short-term boost.
    Nature herself just gives continually here, too: one glorious Skaket sunset–ahem–after another!

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