Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #22: Amy Mengel

This is 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.

We have reached my minimum fundraising goal, but we can still use help from more people like these Heroes. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to

Amy Mengel is a type of sponsor that really impresses me– an avid biker that is showing support for someone who is (believe me) less experienced and skilled on two wheels- but believe me, I appreciate the confidence. Amy blogs at and adds more here:

– Why did you sponsor me in the Pan-Mass Challenge?

I’m an avid cyclist myself but haven’t had the opportunity to do a long-distance ride like PMC yet. I really admire riders who do these endurance rides like PMC, the MS-150, the FANY or the Ride for Missing Children. They all raise money for great causes and also inspire the riders to train harder and adds a little sense of purpose to their rides.

– How did you first hear about the Pan-Mass Challenge?

I think I’ve been vaguely aware of PMC for a few years now, probably from My husband and I are always looking for new places to explore on our bikes and have done the Five Boro Bike Ride in New York, Bike Philly, and Velo QC’s Tour of Montreal. We’re hoping to do Hub on Wheels in Boston this fall and we check out and similar sites to scout out rides. We’ve seen PMC posted on sites like that before but you’re the first rider I know who’s ever undertaken it and I became more aware of the particulars of the event via your Tweets these last few months.

– Are you giving in the name or memory of someone you know who has had cancer?

Melody Lape, the mother of one of my good friends, passed away from stomach cancer in 2003. She was 47.

– Name one interesting fact or story that makes you unique and interesting

I live in the town of Stillwater, N.Y., which is where the Battle of Saratoga (turning point of the American Revolution) was fought. The battlefields are now a Naitonal Historial Park ( with a great bike loop in it. It’s my favorite place to ride.

Amy, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Amy Mengel to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

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