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.

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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.

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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 Training Update- 57-Mile Ride

The Pan-Mass Challenge, a two-day bike ride across Massachusetts, in which all the participants raise money to fight cancer (this link goes to my fundraising page, so thank you if you sponsor!), is a grueling ride, and it takes some grueling training rides to get ready.

I had done a few 50-milers already, including one day with two 27-mile rides, but in recent rides my group had been going faster. I knew in this ride we would be pushing it.

In the end, we went 57 miles, through the scenic wooded areas of Wayland, Sudbury and West Concord, Massachusetts. We averaged about 17.3 miles per hour, which is a much faster pace than any of my training rides last year, and even faster than my pace for the 2008 PMC itself! Some more highlights:

  • I rode the first 15 miles on under-inflated tires. I have finally fallen out of love with my inadequate hand pump, but my more powerful floor pump had yet to arrive (it would actually be delivered to my house while I was out on this ride). I still went fast though I labored to keep up with the group. I figure I got a better work out than they did, so there. We managed to fill the tires through a comical attempt to us CO2 canisters. I think we got the hang of it now.
  • For several miles, a lone rider from Natick joined us. Tom is a cancer survivor and eight-year PMC rider. Our group is cancer free, so none of us would even think of trying to match Tom’s story, which includes doing one day of the PMC in 2003, then having cancer surgery the following Monday, and getting back to training for 2004 right out of chemo. It makes me feel great that there are so many survivors like Tom riding the PMC (plus, he represented the “living proof” riders on the field at PMC Night at Fenway Park that evening), and lucky that I don’t have a similar story to tell (knock on wood).
  • We spotted a deer- there is usually some small form of wildlife on our rides, but it is always cool to see something like this. I just barely caught this deer in my video, but froze the frame to prove it.

Pan-Mass Challenge Training: 57-Miler from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

If for some reason you would like to see this video via Youtube, I have uploaded it here as well.

Fundraising Update: We are getting closer to the goal– about 75% of the way there as I write this, or just over $1,000 left to raise! The PMC is a little more than two weeks away (August 1-2). Please join my team of sponsors at: http://pmc.org/DH0159

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.

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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.

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #15: Steve Sherlock

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.

Phot credit: C.C. Chapman

Photo credit: C.C. Chapman

Steve Sherlock

Steve is simply one of the nicest guys I have met in my association with Podcamp Boston. If you go to one of the events, he is the guy in the tri-corner hat, and one of the few people doing a lot of the work but not getting recognized nearly enough for it. If it weren’t for people like Steve, a lot of things simply would not get done (though a lot of us would sure be talking a lot about it).

Steve has multiple blogs, but his main online hangout is Steve’s 2 Cents (http://steves2cents.blogspot.com/), where he is currently writing about his current job search efforts, sharing the tips and tricks of using social media to find the next position.

More from Steve:

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

I appreciate your participation in this worthy cause and want to help.

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

I heard about it several years ago from one rider who I met at Fidelity with whom I also shared a passion for soccer. Over the years, I have found a number of other friends taking part and contribute to their efforts.

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

Not to any one individual. Unfortunately, I have too many to chose from. I lost my mother and her mother many years ago, and several members of the extended family have passed on with one of the variations of cancer.

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

The story behind the tri-corner hat is one conversation connecting New England’s heritage and learning events like PodCamp that can go one for sometime. I have written it up here http://stephensherlock.wikispaces.com/Social+Media+Student


Steve, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Steve Sherlock 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 #14 – C.C. Chapman

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 $1,400 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.



I’m a Happy Digital Dad

Originally uploaded by CC Chapman


C.C. Chapman is a man who is always excited about something. His infectious enthusiasm is not some sort of bogus cheerleading, but a genuine storm of positive energy.

You can see that energy applied to his personal musings at www.cc-chapman.com, but also in his life as a marketer at Managing the Gray, a music lover at Accident Hash, and, best of all, a dad at www.digitaldads.com.

Having known C.C. since the first Podcamp conference in Boston in 2006, the cynical side of me has not been able to put a hate on the relentless positivity– because it’s not fake.

So, no surprise that C.C. is one of the many who have sponsored me in the PMC. More from C.C. himself:

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

I always like to support friends in any way I can and I think that the Pan-Mass Challenge is a great fundraiser so it is a win win situation for me.

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

I don’t think you can live in New England without being aware of it. I don’t have a clue where I first heard about it, but every year I have friends involved in it.

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

My family has been effected by cancer, but because it has happened to more then one person I did not do the donation as a tribute.

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

Few people know that I’m a published poet (note: including me. Now I know).


C.C., thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining C.C. Chapman 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 Training Update– Crack o’ Dawn and the Longest Red Light in the World

As I continue to prepare for the Pan-Mass Challenge, a two-day bike ride across Massachusetts, in which all the participants raise money to fight cancer (this link goes to my fundraising page, so thank you if you sponsor!), all sorts of natural obstacles are thrown in my path. today, for instance, I got in a quick 30-mile ride, interrupted by a flat tirre and one of the most incredible downpours I have ever been caught in.

Somehow, when I arrive back at the ball field where I started, there are baseball and volleyball games, a full swimming pool, and a general lack of acknowledgment of the ridiculous storm that took place a mere 10 miles away. As this has happened twice, I am convinced that there is a little black rain cloud following me around as I ride.

I don’t care, it makes me tough.

Earlier, on June 26, I grabbed some video from an early morning 30-mile ride, in which we encounter the infamous Crack of Dawn club, and we encounter the World’s Longest Red Light- twice.

Pan-Mass Challenge Training June 26, 2009 from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

Fundraising Update: Due to the strong response from my friends, I made my June fundraising goal, based on the percentage of the goal raised last year. Now, there is only $1,400 left to raise, with the PMC a mere four weeks away (August 1-2). Please join my team of sponsors at: http://pmc.org/DH0159

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #13: Larry Lawfer

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 $1,800 left to raise, 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.

Larry Lawfer

I have known Larry Lawfer, Founder and President of YourStorys (www.yourstorys.com) for over three years in the “new media” space. More than most, he has represented the bridge from the quality and professionalism standards of old media to the mass (as in the masses) publishing and distribution of media in this new age of inexpensive, easy-to-get tools.

In other words, “new media” doesn’t mean the sacrifice of standards, and Larry’s media work has carried the standards, um, standard. More on PMC sponsorship from Larry himself:

I sponsor people, and you in particular, because of your passion to help, your willingness to sacrifice your time and energy, and the underlying
desire to give back to those who give.

I have been sponsoring people since the PMC’s inception, one reason why I
couldn’t jump on board last year. Yes I hear over and over from you, and
over again. This is what we marketing people do, right? (Note: OK, I can be persistent sometimes)

I actually have donated in the name of a close friend’s mother. She was an
absolutely wonderful woman who fought to the end. Ride well, my friend.


Larry, thank you for sponsoring me. And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Please consider joining Larry 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 Fundraising and Training Update

I have been keeping up (mostly) with my Pan-Mass Challenge training, but have been a bit slow in editing videos (you’re welcome). The reason? I got a new Flip Ultra HD, which will result in much clearer photos, but also necessitated new editing software.

This short bit from an early morning ride shows my fascination with the HD format, as well as my struggles with the new editing program- I’ll get a little better at it.

Pan-Mass Challenge Training June 11 (in HD!) from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

Meanwhile, fundraising for the Pan-Mass challenge continues. We are a little more than halfway to my goal of $4,200 raised, but I can;t do it without your help. Will you join me in fighting cancer as I take a 2-day ride across Massachusetts August 1-2? Please sponsor me at http://pmc.org/DH0159.

Thank you! Doug

Pan-Mass Challenge Heroes #12: Adam Cohen

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 $2,000 left to raise, 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.

Adam Cohen (blog: http://adamhcohen.com ) is one of those members of the Boston social media scene who doesn’t merely show up, he contributes. He always has something to add, and he has organized a few meetups (or “Tweetups”) of his own. As one of my PMC sponsors, he does not limit his contributions to ideas and energy. I’ll let him speak for himself the rest of the way:

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

I know folks who have done this ride in the past, and am familiar with the organization as a result. It’s a great cause and requires hard work – I sponsored Doug because he has been a great resource building community in the Boston area and sharing his thoughts and encouragement in social media. I thought this was an easy way to thank him for his own giving to the community.

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

I first heard of it through a client about 7 years ago, who rode for his son who had passed away.

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

My grandmother, Shirley Platt, passed away from complications originating from cancer about 9 years ago, a few months before my oldest son was born. She was a 30+ year cancer survivor though – and an inspiration in many other ways. This cause hits home.

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

The summer after I graduated from college, I went across the country with 2 friends over six weeks. We stole a cement lawn gnome and took it with us, taking pictures with us and the gnome everywhere we went. To this day I’m still waiting for the royalty checks from Travelocity.com. (Note: you may have to wait in line)

Speaking of photo pranks, Adam has been the subject of a Flickr meme ever since I discovered his name tag stuck to the floor at an event and took a photo of it. Here’s the latest:

From Social CRM Event- Adam Cohen Nametag meme lives!


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

Photo credit: Jared Goralnick via Flickr.