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From left, Kirsten Newton '12, Amanda Chase '12, Alison Limoncelli '12, Louise (Lou Lou) Wheeler '12 and Jack Nuland '13
Five St. Lawrence students were among the thousands of volunteers helping to make the Pan Mass Challenge, the largest bicycle fundraising event in the nation, successful this year. The 200-mile ride raises money for The Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston; this year, some $34 million was raised.

Amanda Chase '12 was an intern for the second year; she has volunteered at the event for 14 years and participated as a rider for six, including this year. She says, "Biking 200 miles seems hard, but going through chemotherapy is definitely harder, and the cancer survivors along the entire route make the biking part seem easy. It's nearly impossible to quit when you're passing children holding up signs that say 'I'm 10, thanks to you!' I work all summer making every sign that goes up along the route, as well as entering donations into the computer, sending out mailings and helping to answer phone calls and e-mails. I cannot put into words how amazing it is to see how much my SLU friends enjoy volunteering, and how much it means to me that they are able to participate in something that has been such a huge part of my life for so many years. They are some of the best volunteers in the event, and we definitely have the most fun!"

This was the first volunteer experience for Ali Limoncelli '12; Kirsten Newton '12 and Lou Lou Wheeler '12 have volunteered two years; Jack Nuland '13 has volunteered for three years.

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