I Can See The Finish Line

Company Culture, Opinions, Uncategorized Posted Apr 13, 2015 by Liza Vilnits

In an effort to give back to charity and get in shape, about a month back I told myself “go big or go home” and signed up for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a 163 mile, 2-day cycling event that starts in the tony Boston suburb of Wellesley, Mass and ends in the easternmost Cape Cod resort town of Provincetown. With zero cycling experience I should be petrified, but I couldn’t be more excited. Making a conscious effort to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself is one of the scariest but most rewarding things you can do for yourself and for those around you. We’ll see if I feel the same way once training starts!

PMC 1With this new journey, I’ve started to immerse myself into anything PMC or Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund-related, as that’s where 100% of our fundraising dollars are going. A few weeks ago, I attended an event put on by the PMC and the Museum of Fine Arts, and let me tell you, it was far from a normal trip to the art museum.

This event was a celebration of hard work, survivorship and triumph. Billy Starr,      the founder of the organization, kicked off the night with some amazing statistics   about last year’s fundraising achievements as well as background about Michael Casey, the photographer who captured the captivating shots from last year’s event.   He called his assignment, the Living Proof Portrait Project.

PMC 2Attendees were lucky enough to share the room with 43 survivors, both PMC riders and volunteers, who were subjects for Casey’s shoots. He snapped these photos in Bourne, Mass after the riders crossed the finish line of day 1 in 2014. Although it was one of the rainiest and coldest days in PMC history, you would never know judging by the photographs of this inspiring bunch; you see tears of joy, smiles and laughter. I thought about the individuals in those photos and the fact that they had endured so much, but still possessed a ruthless and undaunted spirit.

I left the MFA inspired that night…

Trying something new and challenging yourself makes you feel more efficient and productive. Meanwhile, I’m still figuring out how to clip in to the new pedals on my bike—but I can’t wait to start this new journey!

I can already see the finish line, and I’m not stopping until I get to Provincetown.