Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #25: Greg Peverill-Conti

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 http://pmc.org/DH0159.

greg
Greg Peverill-Conti, “Greg PC” is a stalwart member of the Boston public relations and social media community, and definitely one of its more fun members. He is a standout photographer; see his Flickr account where he has started a “1,000s of Faces” project, and also a group for others to join. You can see more of Greg at his blog, “Over the River.”

More from Greg:

I sponsored you because I appreciate the effort you’re making. I’m lucky, my family and immediate circle of friends haven’t been touched by cancer but I think that’s only a matter of luck and it’s only a matter of time until that changes.

In terms of hearing about the PMC, it’s been something that’s always been there so I’ve been vaguely aware of it for years. It was really when you did it last year and I read about what you were doing on Twitter that I started paying more attention. Once I started paying attention though I realized that several people I know have participated.

An interesting fact about me . . . At the moment, the thing I’m enjoying the most is photographing people – random people – in ways that allow them and others to see and appreciate just how wonderful people are.


Greg, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Greg Peverill-Conti to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #24: Jennifer Leggio

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 http://pmc.org/DH0159.

leggio

Jennifer Leggio is yet another one of the fascinating people I have met through my work- both professional and personal- in online social networking. I know her best from her ZDNet “Social Business” blog, and she also has started a “Quick ‘n’ Dirty” Podcast with fellow sponsor and friend Aaron Strout. Also, find Jennifer on Twitter; she is @MediaPhyter and worth a follow. I say these nice things about her despite the fact that she is a San Jose Sharks fan.

One other thing: Jennifer is also an athletic fundraiser, running in the Nike Women’s Marathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please give her page a look as well.

More from Jennifer:

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

One, it’s a wonderful cause. It raises money yet also creates awareness, as it did with me. I didn’t know before the Pan-Mass Challenge existed and I’m glad now that I do. Two, you’ve always been so supportive and positive, and I wanted to return the favor.


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

It was actually from you. :-)


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

I was in the circus when I was a little kid. I went to Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus with my family and they were looking for kids to ride in one of the clown cars. My mom volunteered me. So I rode around, terrified, and got a paper sheriff’s badge for my trouble. How many kids can say that? I guess only the ones whose family drags them to the circus.


Jennifer, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Jennifer Leggio to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #23: Carol and Steve Garfield

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 http://pmc.org/DH0159.

Maui Balcony

Carol and Steve Garfield are sponsoring my ride for the second time. Steve (find all his work at http://stevegarfield.com) is one of the folks I met dating back to the original Boston Podcamp in 2006, and is well known here- and elsewhere- as a videoblogger. Just as important, he contributes constantly to the community by sharing his knowledge and showing others the tools to become media makers on their own. Carol is a frequent presence at social media events along with Steve, and as noted below, is an active participatn in videoblogging in her own right.

More from Steve:

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

We sponsored you because you asked. We are supporters of Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund and in addition to our regular donation, we decided to support your effort because you made it personal.

“This time it’s personal.” :-)

Also, I #BlameDrewsCancer.

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

I’ve been videoblogging since 2004 and have a little show called The Carol and Steve Show that’s a fun little side project that Carol and I produce together to share life’s little moments. Your readers can find it at http://carolandsteveshow.com, which links to a YouTube account, where I’ve been archiving past episodes.

Here’s a recent episode:

While I’m at it, here’s a bit more from Steve, interviewed by the “Open University” about social media and education.


Steve and Carol, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Carol and Steve Garfield to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

*Photo credit: Steve Garfield

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 http://pmc.org/DH0159.

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 http://www.amymengel.com 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 bicycletour.com. 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 bicycletour.com 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 (http://www.nps.gov/SARA) 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: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #21: Kellye Crane

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 http://pmc.org/DH0159.

hat pic

Kellye Crane is another one of the member sof the online PR community that I have not met, but feel like I know as a group of supportive friends (just see her comments below). She blogs at Solo PR Pro, and adds more here:

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

I’ve never met Doug in person, but I’m a huge admirer of his work and leadership in PR and social media. (note: I’m tempted to edit this– it’s too much- but at the risk of seeming immodest, I won’t- it’s the leadership I find in others like Kellye that makes me better. I’m just a member of the community) How does someone with such a high professional workload also undertake something like the Pan-Mass Challenge? I’m in awe. Giving a donation to benefit cancer research is the least I could do.

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

I actually did become aware of the PMC through your ride. Connie Reece (of the Frozen Pea Fund) is a great friend, and the fact that she’s such a supporter speaks volumes.

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

The gift is for many. In one dreadful 12 month period, I lost my father, a dear aunt, and one of my best friends to different forms of cancer. Three years later, not a day goes by that I don’t think about the bravery of these loved ones, and I know we must make eradicating cancer one of our top priorities.

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

Ouch, the pressure! Perhaps it’s interesting that I had visited all 50 U.S. states by the time I was 13. With the exception of Hawaii, all of the traveling was done by car and almost exclusively via America’s campgrounds. As an adult, I always say I’ve met my lifetime quota for camping – no more Coleman lanterns for me!


Kellye,, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Kellye Crane to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #20: Gary Lombardo

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.

I have just $150 left to raise as I write this I have reached my minimum fundraising goal (with just 8 days left to go!), but I can’t get there without but there is no reason we can’t have more help from more people like these Heroes. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to http://pmc.org/DH0159.

Gary Lombardo is a constant presence in the online social media community, and has a keen interest in personal training and sports – his coaching website is: www.ascendsportsconditioning.com , which includes
Ascending Higher, his multisport blog. He also blogs about social media at: www.garylombardo.com

More from Gary:

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

I sponsored the Pan-Mass Challenge because I am an avid cyclist and coach and love to see people embrace the sport for the purposes of their own well-being the well-being of others. It’s a huge challenge to ride the distances of the PMC and nothing is more inspirational to me than to see people achieve their goals & help impact the lives of others in the process.

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

I’ve had friends and family who have ridden the PMC over the years, which is how I have heard of it. It’s also has gained a lot of momentum over the years– I can’t seem to go for a ride on my bike without seeing another rider with a PMC jersey– it has great reach!

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

Many members of my family and several friends have died of cancer over the years. I am giving in memory of all of them.

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

Hmmmmmm…..I am bit of an adventure-type and have done some interesting things over the years. The few weeks I spent in Nepal are among the best. I had the chance to go to Base Camp 1 of Mount Everest and explore some towering local peaks, but most importantly get to know the local people and culture. Nothing tops sharing a yak milk tea with a newly made Sherpa friend among the towering peaks of the Himalaya. Everyone should try it at least once in their lifetime.


Gary, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Gary Lombardo to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #19: Derek Peplau

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.

I have just $175 left to raise as I write this (with only 9 days left to go!), but I can’t get there without help from more people like these Heroes. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to http://pmc.org/DH0159.

Derek Peplau

Derek Peplau is one of the members of the online community that shares my goofy passion for the Red Sox (see “Big Papelbon” for some samples from this group. It’s not a coincidence that a number of these people are also sponsors). Also, while I am loath to reveal the amounts people donate, I can’t help but mention that Derek cleverly made several donations, each in the amount of one of the Red Sox’ retired numbers.

While Derek toils for Mzinga during the day, he has just launched a new personal blog, http://derekpeplau.com. Some more from Derek:

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

It’s a great event which friends of mine have ridden in in the past. I sponsored Doug because he was one of the first to welcome me into the world of Twitter (beginning with one of my first posts which was simply: “@DougH” with no other content.) Since then he’s really helped me to get grounded in the world of social media and I’ve learned a lot from him. And as a fellow Boston Red Sox and Craig Sager fan, I was only too happy to support him as he undertakes this challenge and supports the Boston community in one of the best ways he can.

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

One of my friends from my improv days is a regular rider and big proponent of the PMC.

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

My maternal grandfather, Charles Grant.

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

My team won the 2008 Boston 48 Hour Film Project with our film, “The Real World: Versailles”. Over 90 teams submitted entries to the competition which requires groups to write, shoot, edit and score a short film between 7pm Friday and 7pm Sunday. Each team picks a film genre randomly (e.g. Western, Drama, Musical) and all teams get three elements which their film must incorporate (a character name, a prop, and a line of dialogue). Last year was our third year in the competition and all three films can be seen at: http://wmamfilms.com.


Derek, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Derek Peplau to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #18: Warren Sukernek

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.

I have just $350 left to raise as I write this (with just 2 weeks left to go!), but I can’t get there without help from more people like these Heroes. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to http://pmc.org/DH0159.

warrenss

Warren Sukernek is one of those people I sometimes feel sorry for; a Red Sox fan who lives all the way across the country (in Seattle). He is also a member of the close-knit online community of PR and marketing folks, and I had the pleasure of meeting him when he was in town in July. You can see examples of his work and thinking at http://twittermaven.com.

More from Warren:

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

Because it is a great cause and something that you are very passionate about.

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

When I lived in Wayland (Massachusetts), riders in their PMC attire used to take over routes 27 and 126 (note: we still do). It’s one way to make an impression. Good thing I didn’t know you then.

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

Yes, in memory of my father who recently passed away from lung cancer.

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

Although I left new England for Seattle four years ago, I still feel as attached to the area as when I lived there. Ah, the wonders of social media and the Red Sox.


Warren, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Warren Sukernek to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #17: Ashley Girard

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.

I have just $800 left to raise as I write this (with just 2 weeks left to go!), but I can’t get there without help from more people like these Heroes. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to http://pmc.org/DH0159.

ashley-girard

Ashley Girard is one of several young PR and marketing professionals I have had the pleasure to get to know. Dating back to her internship at Topaz Partners (where I worked at the time), and was lucky enough to get to work with her again in my current role at SHIFT Communications, until she left to work for Puma recently.

Ashley has her own impressive resume of athletic events to benefit charity, when she ran the 2008 Boston Marathon for “Tedy’s Team,” an anti-stroke foundation headed by the New England Patriots star.

Ashley had a few quick words to share for this blog series:

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

I think you personal and physical efforts for this great cause (cancer research) are compelling (note: this is from someone who runs marathons, something I could never do)

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

Jackie Spellman, 4/28/09


Ashley, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Ashley Girard to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #16: John Potter

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.

I have just $1,300 left to raise as I write this, but I can’t get there without help from more people like these Heroes. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to http://pmc.org/DH0159.

john-potter
John Potter

One of the great parts of fundraising online via Twitter and Facebook is that people I hardly know jump in and help. It’s one thing to ask a friend to donate money, but how do you go beyond that circle to reach fundraising goals? What makes them join the circle? Chances are, I will get to know these people- and there are several of them- -better down the line after making this connection.

John Potter, one of the people behind the new site MoneyWatch (http://moneywatch.com), is one such person in this group. In fact, he leads the tech group for CBS Interactive Business Media (Moneywatch, BNET, ZDNet and TechRepublic).

John kindly answered my other questions as well:

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

Saw it on your Twitter, and I’ve sponsored people in the past.

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

I’m a long-time Massachusetts resident who relocated to Palo Alto four years ago. I first heard about the Pan Mass challenge years ago when I sponsored a co-worker who was riding in it.

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

In memory of my late sister-in-law Emily Potter who died of breast cancer.


John, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining John Potter to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.