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Cumberland woman honors father with first long-distance bike ride

July 5, 2014

Lisa Walkin is pictured on her bike while training for this year’s annual Pan-Mass Challenge. Walkin says the long-distance ride is one of her ‘bucket-list’ items. (Submitted photo)
 
In early August, Lisa Walkin will participate in her first-ever Pan-Mass Challenge as a mere recreational bicyclist, and she admits she’s as nervous as any woman could be.
 
The 43-year-old Cumberland resident, who works as a physical therapist at a Woonsocket nursing home, will not be a member of any team, like thousands of others who have joined over the 30-plus years the ride has existed.
 
She nevertheless couldn’t have a better reason for taking part in an event that’s sometimes-fun, sometimes-emotional, sometimes-memorializing and sometimes-celebration of life.
 
Her father, Michael Gindick of Scarsdale, N.Y. – located just north of the city in Westchester County – died of esophageal cancer at age 52, and it’s Walkin’s desire to honor him and attempt to save others by raising money for the PMC. All funds will go to Boston’s world-renowned Dana Farber Cancer Research Center, which has gleaned well over $300 million over the last three-plus decades.
 
For full story, see Sunday's print edition of The Call.
 
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