Evan's Crew is grateful

Evan's Crew is grateful

We did it. Team Evan's Crew finished its second Pan-Mass Challenge ride. It is difficult to put into words what it feels like to have our "people" join us on PMC weekend.

Our "people" doing the ride with us, our "people" supporting us along the route in less than ideal conditions, and our "people" supporting us with donations. It means so much that there is still such support for us a family and that Evan is still so present in our "people's" lives.

Our "people" are a truly amazing and incredibly generous crew. And while it was a wet and dreary ride that first day, the support from all of you made it spectacular.

We wanted to be sure we acknowledged the local businesses that helped propel us toward our fundraising goal of $100,000. Because of their generosity and the generosity of your individual donations, we are almost there. A huge thank-you to these local businesses for sponsoring our team through our jersey sponsorship: Fagan Door Corp., Stanley Tree, Salon 900, Quinn Construction, National Marker, Coastal Collision, J's Deli, The Village at Waterman Lake, T.A. Dumas & Company, Industrial Defender, United Rentals, Davenport's, and The Village Haven.

We participate in this two-day 163-mile cycling challenge from Wellesley to Provincetown in memory of our son, nephew, and friend, Evan T. Mandeville. Evan died in November 2012 of a rare brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. The PMC ride gives us the opportunity to do something positive with our grief; a sense of purposefulness instead of helplessness. All donations (100 percent) to Team Evan's Crew are directed toward the Evan T. Mandeville DIPG Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Team Evan's Crew riders

Aimee and Tim Mandeville (North Smithfield), Andree and Jay Brochu (Cumberland), Marie and Art Eddy (North Smithfield), Audrey Crozier (North Smithfield), Katherine Plante (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Charles and Laura LaBash (Cohasett, Mass.), and Sara Grimely (Riverside)