Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jul. 26, 2007
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Top: Seven members of Team Zipcar, training together for their 192-mile ride for cancer; bottom: Between team members and sponsors, Team Zipcar has raised over $50,000 in the fight against cancer. Photos courtesy of Shelly Chisholm

MBA members ride for life

Local attorneys take on Pan-Mass Challenge in August

Several weeks ago, the MBA invited members to share their stories of participation in fundraising events in their communities. As a result of the responses, we are proud to highlight MBA members who are going "beyond the bar" by their involvement in the upcoming Pan-Massachusetts Challenge--an annual bike-a-thon to take place Aug. 5-6.

Founded in 1980, the PMC raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. This year, over 5,300 cyclists will travel nine different routes, logging between 70 and 192 miles over one or two days, through 46 scenic Massachusetts towns.

Central Mass. attorneys ride to honor colleague and friend Harry Quick

Edward P. Ryan, a Fitchburg attorney and MBA Past President, will be riding with Team Quick - a group of seven Worcester-area lawyers and court personnel. "This is one of the best events that I have ever participated in." Ryan said. Ryan first began to ride in the PMC more than 20 years ago for a family member afflicted with a form of cancer. Participating for his 22nd year, Ryan is riding in memory of Harry Quick, his former law partner who lost a long battle to stomach cancer this past year, leaving behind three children.

The MBA wishes the best of luck to the rest of Team Quick: Also riding as members of the team are ADA's Tom Landry, Mike McHugh and Ian Bennie; attorney Mike Wilcox; Assistant Worcester District Court Clerk Bob Tomczak; and Worcester District Court Probation Officer Charles Engdahl.

Husband and wife team honor brother's memory in their seventh PMC

Husband and wife (and law partners from Chelmsford) Margaret Reilly and Kevin Finnegan are riding in their seventh PMC. Reilly noted that this year's ride is "particularly meaningful" because she and her husband are riding in memory of Kevin's brother, Ed Finnegan. Ed practiced probate and family law in both Lowell and Chelmsford for over 25 years, and passed away in February of 2007 from thymus cancer.

"This year we have raised over $16,000, which is a tribute to Ed and his lasting effect on this community.  Not a week goes by that I don't run into an attorney or former client that fondly remembers Ed."

Team Zipcar includes law student and breast cancer survivor

Shelly Chisholm will be a first time participant in the ride across the state, riding with the other eleven members of Team Zipcar. Thus far, the team has held three fundraisers have raised more than $50,000. Their goal is $75,000.

"So many people have been affected by cancer." Chisholm said, "I was inspired to ride by my close friend (and fellow team member) Kris, who is a breast cancer survivor. "Just in the five years since my friend Kris was diagnosed with breast cancer, so many new treatment options have become available," she explained. "Today, cancer is no longer seen as a death sentence. We are winning the fight."

To donate to the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, visit their donation site.

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