Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #3: Shawn Ashe

This is the third in an ongoing series profiling some of the people I believe to be the real heroes of the Pan-Mass Challenge: the sponsors who donate their money to fund cancer research. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to

Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation

Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation

PMC Heroes #3: Shawn Ashe

This year, I have seen far more participation in my Pan-Mass Challenge efforts by people outside my hardcore “social media” community, from all corners of my life. This includes more people I met in my youth, when I was very active in the Boy Scouts, particularly the local Order of the Arrow lodge (Wannalancit #451!) and our camp, Wah-tut-Ca Scout Reservation. As teenage members of out local lodge, we learned the leadership skills that helped us excel in high school, college and into our professional lives, and became a tight-knit group into our forties (and older!).

Shawn Ashe is one of these Scouting friends; one I have become reacquainted with through Facebook (this seems to be coming up a lot this year). Shawn has remained in the Greater Lowell (Massachusetts) era, and to my delight is very involved in his local community to the extent of managing a blog dedicated to municipal issues, Dracut Forum ( He has also dedicated his time to being a foster parent, “working to improve the lives of children in the care of the state.”

Also from Shawn:

I sponsored you because of our mutual history at Camp Wah-Tut-Ca. I’ve always believed that place helped create people with good values, and your effort shows that.

Thank you, Shawn. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Here’s the link for you to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

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