Hingham will again host the PMC Hingham-South Shore Kids Ride on Sunday, June 10, to help bring awareness and raise funding for The Jimmy Fund.
One of 35 Kids Rides in New England, the program attracts more than 6,000 cyclists age two to 15 who ride between one and 26 miles in mini-bike-a-thons to raise money for cancer care and research.
In Hingham, organizers are expecting at least 450 chikldren to participate.
Part of a larger Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, where cyclists from across the country gather to pedal anywhere from 25 to 192 miles, the Kids Rides are spokes in the PMC wheel, giving the organization an additional boost to help cure cancer.
The event is also touching the lives of many local residents, such as Diana Monteiro, 35, of Whitman.
Monteiro heard stories from her mother, Claire Connolly, 66, of Hingham, about riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge years ago.
All the while she was unaware that her mother’s efforts would help provide the seed money to fund pediatric cancer research and treatment that would later save her daughter’s life. Last summer, Moneiro’s daughter, Elena, then 2 years old, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Since then, Elena has started taking chemotherapy pills daily and both mother and daughter have alternated taking Elena to the hospital for her weekly chemotherapy.
Surprisingly, Elena looks forward to her trips to the Jimmy Fund Clinic, her family said. She runs from room to room, making friends with doctors and nurses, and saying hi to other patients who are just like her.
All the while, the trials and tribulations of treatment are starting to pay off. Elena’s hair is beginning to grow back, and she is in the final stage of treatment projected to finish in August 2013.
This year will be the first that Elena participates in the PMC Kids Ride, watching from the sidelines and cheering people on as she starts a legacy that follows in her grandmother’s footsteps.
Elena’s presence is meant to inspire the cyclists, who are also encouraged to raise $250 or more for the ride.
Riders who meet this goal are honored as Heavy Hitters and receive a backpack and certificate from PMC acknowledging their fundraising efforts.
The ride will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on June 10 at the DCR Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. There is a $15 registration fee before June 3 and a $50 fundraising minimum.
PMC Kids Rides are sponsored by Stop & Shop. Contributions can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge. To register, visit http://kids.pmc.org/hingham. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-WE-CYCLE.