Burns & McDonnell Pan-Mass bicycle team set to exceed $1 million in total fundraising for cancer research
Burns & McDonnell Pan-Mass bicycle team set to exceed $1 million in total fundraising for cancer research
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Burns & McDonnell Pan-Mass bicycle team set to exceed $1 million in total fundraising for cancer research
07/21/2015 3 minute read

With close to a million dollars raised in the battle against cancer, Burns & McDonnell's Team Courage Coneheads will once again hit the road, Aug. 1-2, for the eighth consecutive year at the 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge.

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — With close to a million dollars raised in the battle against cancer, Burns & McDonnell's Team Courage Coneheads will once again hit the road, Aug. 1-2, for the eighth consecutive year at the 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge.

Rob Young, the driving force behind this year's 33-member team, will once again be out in front leading his fellow "coneheads" on the 192-mile route from Sturbridge to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod.

"We have a lot of fun with the ride each year, but of course the ride is secondary, the fundraising is the most crucial part of the event. We always remember there is a very serious and urgent reason we're doing it," Rob says.

The Team Courage "coneheads" — so-called because of the small orange traffic cones each proudly displays on top of their riding helmets — has committed to raise $250,000 this year. The 33 riders from Burns & McDonnell and their partners are asking friends, co-workers and family members to help them with their personal commitments to the Pan-Mass Challenge as it strives to reach its overall goal of raising $45 million this year. The PMC is one of the most unique and successful fundraising events in the country, with 100 percent of donated funds going directly to the Jimmy Fund in support of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. When the team hits its goal, it will have collectively raised over $1 million to support the fight against cancer.

Giving back to the community has become second nature for Rob, a resident of Collinsville, Connecticut, whose day job is to serve as the regional manager for the Burns & McDonnell Environmental Studies and Permitting group in Wallingford. His motivation is the memory of his father, who was diagnosed with cancer when Rob was in the fifth grade. After his father's death, he made it his mission to make a difference by doing whatever he could to help find a cure.

For his fundraising efforts and other year-round commitments to give back to his community, Rob received the 2015 Community Leadership Award from Burns & McDonnell. The award is given each year to the one Burns & McDonnell employee-owner, among 5,200 nationwide, who best exemplifies the company's commitment to service and community outreach.

"My story isn't all that different from others on our team," Rob says. "Many of us have had loved ones touched by various forms of cancer, and we all agree it's time to find a cure."

This year, Team Courage is dedicating its ride to 14-year-old Raphael (Raffy) Edwards of Brockton, Massachusetts. The team had the pleasure of recently celebrating Raffy's courage and spirit at the 2015 Pedal Party Kickoff Party in Boston. Joining Raffy and the team were his grandmother, twin sister Gabby, mother Edith and father James.

At age 2, Raffy and Gabby were normal toddlers learning to walk and talk, but about this time, Raffy began having difficulty walking. Despite doctor's assurances that this was normal, Raffy's mother's "mommy radar" kicked in and she took him for evaluations at Mass General Hospital. An MRI scan revealed that Raffy had a large brain tumor that required immediate surgery.

The recovery was long and arduous but the journey was far from over. Raffy's tumor turned out to be a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. Over the next 12 years, Raffy underwent chemotherapy, radiation and four additional surgeries, the most recent in January 2015.

Today, Raffy is cancer-free and no longer undergoing any treatments. He is excited and proud to join Team Courage on its ride for a cure and humbly requests donations to help others who are still on their journey.

Fundraising is ongoing and donations can be made at the following website: http://www.pmc.org/profile/tc0147.

There will also be a charity event on July 28 at Flatbread's of Canton, Connecticut, to continue the fundraising effort.

2015 Team Courage riders

First Name

Last Name

Town

State

Rob

Young

Collinsville

CT

Jack

Wolber

Nashua

NH

Brett

Williams

Killingworth

CT

Diane

Sullivan

Cazenovia

NY

Robert

Sandler

Middletown

CT

Valerie

Salsgiver

Glastonbury

CT

Jerry

Salsgiver

Glastonbury

CT

Allison

Ray

Coventry

CT

Corey

Potoniec

Bethlehem

CT

Chris

O'Grady

Mystic

CT

Scott

Newland

Naperville

IL

Jeff

Miller

East Kingston

NH

Andrew

Mancini

Watertown

CT

Mike

Libertine

South Windham

CT

Steve

Laplante

Putnam

CT

Todd

Kortekamp

Bethany

CT

Wayne

Keller

Scarborough

ME

Mark

Kasinskas

Cheshire

CT

Sam

Johnson

Middletown

CT

Mike

Heller

Southington

CT

Lisat

Fortier

East Lyme

CT

Jerry

Fortier

East Lyme

CT

Mike

Folta

Mundelein

IL

Michele

Folta

Mundelein

IL

Kevin

Duprey

West Hartford

CT

Vince

Dick

Honeye Falls

NY

Wendy

Day

Nashua

NH

John

Case

Burlington

CT

Shawn

Briggs

Chicago

IL

John

Boers

West Hartford

CT

Dave

Boers

West Hartford

CT

Matt

Baker

Chicago

IL

Doug

Allen

Warner

NH

About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 5,200 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants with offices across the country and throughout the world. In New England, more than 300 Burns & McDonnell employee-owners serve clients from its main offices in Wallingford, Connecticut, and Portland, Maine, and project offices throughout the region. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 15 on FORTUNE's 2015 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Burns & McDonnell currently ranks No. 3 on the Engineering News-Record list of Top 20 power engineering firms. For more information, visit burnsmcd.com.

 

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