David Fraley of North Smithfield is entering his fourth Pan-Mass Challenge this year for the â€˜Miles for Maryâ€™ team, despite a near-fatal bike accident and his own battle with cancer. The Challenge each year raises millions for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
NORTH SMITHFIELD -- David Fraley admitted he was taking the day off from training Friday, but would in fact be back on his bike with fervor this afternoon. After all, he’s 65, and his body needs some rest, especially after lifting weights twice a week and riding his bike dozens of miles in Franklin another two or three days.
Fraley, who’s in the investment business, is doing all of it to prepare himself physically for the 35th Pan-Mass Challenge the weekend of Aug. 2-3. It will be his fourth straight appearance in the event, one that brings together hundreds of hard-core athletes, mere weekend cyclists and everyone in between to raise money to combat cancer.
The native Virginian and North Smithfield resident will be just one of approximately 5,800 participants to pedal between 110 and 190 miles across sections of Massachusetts; all have the collective goal of accumulating a total of $40 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute via the world-renowned Jimmy Fund.
To contribute to the ‘Miles for Mary’ Pan-Mass Challenge Team cause, visit their website at http://www2.pmc.org/profile/tt0098
For full story and photos, see Saturday's print edition of The Call.