Spinning for a cure
Salem spin-a-thon is pedaling toward a cure
Forty-two cyclists pedaled for cancer research at Saturday's spin-a-thon in Salem. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Mullen, a five-time Pan-Massachusetts Challenge cyclist, said he carries his memories of Tina Vitale, a close family friend who lost her battle with breast cancer several years ago, on all his journeys.
Forty-two cyclists from around New England pedaled inside the gym for several hours, each one there to honor a loved one affected by cancer.
After a successful run in the August 2009 charity ride through 46 Massachusetts towns, Mullen knew he couldn't stop there.
"When this idea was first hatched, it wasn't nearly what it is today," Mullen said. "We had about 16 riders here."
Last year's spin-a-thon raised $15,600, with 26 cyclists participating.
Duxbury, Mass., resident Maura Cesarini died of GIST, a rare and incurable gastrointestinal cancer, earlier this year. Maura's husband, Mike, road in his wife's memory on Saturday, with the couple's two daughters Michaela, 12, and Bella, 10, cheering from the sidelines.
Fletcher said a new trial for medications treating GIST would begin soon.
In the front of the gymnasium, a bicycle stood without a rider, strewn with pink roses and angel wings.
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