Ashley Luchini '12, a rising senior studying nursing at Fairfield University, will be participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge, an 80-mile bike ride to raise money for cancer treatment and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Ashley was motivated to participate in the race this August for both personal and professional reasons, and she welcomes others to support her effort (learn more and/or donate at http://pmc.org/AL0269).
"Throughout my time at school I have met not only fellow classmates who have suffered through cancer (while in school), but also specifically one of my clinical instructors endured it, beat it, and still continues to educate us to be the best nurses we can be," she said. Like most of us, she has also had family members affected by cancer. "Therefore, being an almost nurse myself, I would like to dedicate my ride not only to those patients, families, and survivors affected by cancer, but also to all of the kickass nurses that take care of this community day in and day out," she said.
Ashley will be participating in the ride from Bourne to Provincetown, MA, on Sunday, August 4, and she has challenged herself to raise $5,000 for Dana-Farber. Every dollar raised goes directly to the institute, where researchers are making life-saving discoveries at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Research Laboratories while doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals care for patients and their families at the adjoining Yawkey Center for Cancer Care.
Ashley's race-day jersey will include ribbons for those affected by cancer, as well as the names of the generous donors. To add a name to her jersey, contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to her nursing studies at Fairfield, Ashley has spent the last few years working at a cancer survivor gym. "These are some of the most full-of-life and positive people I have ever met, and I could not be more inspired by them, or more honored to dedicate myself to them through this ride," she said.
The Country School mission calls on students to look beyond themselves to work collaboratively and serve the common good. Thank you, Ashley, for living our school's mission and for inspiring all of us with your commitment to fighting cancer. Follow Ashley's Pan-Mass Challenge journey at https://www.facebook.com/ashley.luchini and http://pmc.org/AL0269.
For more about Dana-Farber and the Pan-Mass Challenge, now in its 40th year, go to https://www.pmc.org/.