My Resolution: cycling to end cancer

On January 2 and 3, Kelly Lepley will ride in The Resolution by PMC for her mother and her grandfather.

Last year, the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) brought together more than 6,000 cycling enthusiasts to raise a record-breaking $45 million to support Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. This year, they are out to set records again by adding a new indoor bike-a-thon called The Resolution by PMC. The event will be held over the course of two days in a high-energy environment as a way to channel physical, mental, and emotional energy to fight cancer.

As an employee in the Development office of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, I’ve joined some of my colleagues and will be participating in the inaugural indoor cycling event as a part of Team Dana-Farber to rally for cancer care and research.

When I think about why I chose to register for The Resolution by PMC, I realize that my reasons go deeper than my passion for Dana-Farber. Working at Dana-Farber is far more than just a “job” to me. I care about the work being done here. I care that the funds I help raise will make an actual difference in people’s lives.

Nothing can describe the overwhelming sense of purpose I feel when a fundraising participant says to me: “Dana-Farber made our last three months as a family the best they could possibly be,” or when I get to have coffee with a Dana-Farber patient right after an appointment confirming they are cancer-free.

Moments like these are what gets me up in the morning and keeps me going through long days. At my job, I see firsthand the real and measurable progress Dana-Farber has made in finding cancer cures thanks to fundraising events like The Resolution by PMC.

Like many of my co-workers and members of Team Dana-Farber, cancer has also had a direct impact on my family. My grandfather passed away from cancer. Even though I never had the chance to meet him, I will be riding for him.

I will also be riding for my mom, who I talk to every day and who is my constant companion. She has had several cancer experiences over the past few years and I feel a sense of calm in knowing that if needed, Dana-Farber is available to her.

On January 2 and 3, when I kick off my new year by riding in The Resolution by PMC, I will be thinking about my grandfather and about my mom. Not only am I riding for them, but for all of those impacted by cancer so that someday we can find a cure.

The Resolution by PMC’s mission is to raise $1 million to support life-saving cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.
Make your Resolution to join me at The Resolution by PMC on January 2 and 3 and cycle to end cancer!


Kelly Lepley,
Associate Director, Division of Development and the Jimmy Fund