The sweet girls you see here are Maddie Savoie (left) and Meghan Duffy (right). They met five years ago when they were patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and immediately became best friends. Their friendship and upbeat attitude was so inspiring, the doctors at Dana-Farber often asked them to talk to new young patients to help them understand what to expect through the treatment process. Meghan even started her own Kids’ Ride bike-a-thon, a spinoff of the annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) that raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber.
In September 2007, Meghan died; Maddie passed away the following year, in October 2008. In part to help channel their grief, their moms, Kristen Savoie and Colleen Duffy, have carried on their daughters’ generous spirit and participated in the PMC rides. On August 6 and 7 they’ll ride they’ll ride once again, covering more than 150 miles.
To donate to Kristen’s and Colleen’s team, Pedals for Pediatrics, click here. Want to join the PMC yourself? There’s still time to register. If you live in the northeast and you’d like your children to do a Kids’ Ride, check out the schedule of upcoming rides—there are still a few more happening in September.
We wish Kristen and Colleen a wonderful ride.