IAP founder bikes 192 miles to fight cancer
For John Barber, President and founder of IAP the fight against cancer is personal. That’s why he just completed his 5th, 192 mile PMC Pan-Massachusetts bike–a–thon, raising over $5,000 this year and nearly $20,000 over the past 5 years.
"We all have cancer in our lives" said John. "My wife Sue lost both of her parents to cancer and in 2000, IAP lost Andrew Noel to the disease, a young employee and co-worker. The PMC is a way I can do something to fight back".
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is a 192mile ride that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to raise money for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute. Over the last 30 years, the PMC has contributed more than $239 million to cancer research. Since 2007, the PMC was able to donate 100‰ of rider-raised funds to the Jimmy Fund. This is one of the biggest biking and fundraising events in the country with 5000+ riders and 2,500 volunteers.
"It is always fun. The roads are lined with people, they cheer and, whole towns are partying"; this is how John describes the event. "It is not just about the bike ride but also about the people, the volunteers, the supporters, and the survivors" .
For the Barbers the PMC has become an annual family event. Each year John rides with one or both of his sons, Andy and Dan. And they take the challenge part seriously by riding the most difficult route from Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown, MA in just two days.
John looks forward to the challenge every year. Contributions are always accepted and welcome. In the words of John Wooden, "Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do".