Last month I got an email from my brother-in-law, Matt, who is the admissions director, head lacrosse coach, and 99' grad at Malden Catholic High School. The MC "Lancers"! It's a note that he had actually received from the assistant principal there regarding the 2012 Pan Mass Challenge.
A few months ago one of my classmates, Jon Pericolo'95 reached out to me about something he and three other MC alums are involved in. They are riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge in August under the name LANCERS AGAINST CANCER. This cause is very important to all four of them. Jon has been cancer free for one year and the mother of Steve Galante'95 passed away last year from breast cancer.
I went out to dinner we these guys and they said the reason they chose the team name "Lancers Against Cancer" was because of the impact that MC had on them. They felt that MC was the foundation that helped shape them into the men they are today. Each of you are either graduates or had a son graduate from MC. Malden Catholic has impacted all of our lives in a positive way. If you would like to support these honorable Lancers in a small way, I am selling Lancers Against Cancer t-shirts in my office for $10. Please let me know if you are interested and I ask that you keep these guys in your prayers. Thank you.
Matt added this in his email to me:
"I see him in the hall after he sent it and I start telling him about you and team Xaverian. He says these guys rode in the PMC last year and saw Team Xaverian out on the road and that inspired them to start a Malden Catholic team. In his words "if Xaverian is doing it, then we need to do it."
How awesome is that last line? I love it. Of course I told Matt to put me down for a t-shirt and the rest is history. While Malden Catholic might be a bitter sports rival of my beloved Xaverian Hawks, when it comes to things like beating cancer and riding the PMC, you better believe we're all on the same team!
I'll proudly wear this shirt any day of the week...and twice on Sundays!
Of course hearing and talking about the PMC does make me sad that I can't ride this year, just too close to the July 26th due date, but I'll certainly be making several donations and following along closely on August 4th and 5th.
I'll be back on the roads of Massachusetts next year and we'll have a little 1-year old as part of our roving cheering squad!
Thanks again to all those who support the PMC year in and year out. They'll be raising over $36,000,000 million dollars this year alone, so every dollar really does help!