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Tucker Doctor Participates in Pan Mass Challenge to Support Cancer Research

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A clinical psychologist in private practice in Tucker, Dr. Paul Schenk will be in Massachusetts again this August for his 9th Pan Mass Challenge. The PMC, now in its 33rd year, has raised more than a quarter billion dollars ($338,000,000) for cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Last year alone, Dr. Schenk and his brother and about 5,000 other cyclists from 36 states and eight countries raised $35 million in the two day, 190-mile cycling fundraiser. This year, the two brothers will celebrate a milestone as they surpass $100,000 in cumulative contributions. They began riding after losing a sister, Arlene, to an aggressive breast cancer. Two years ago, they lost a young niece to a rare form of eye and liver cancer.

Dr. Schenk says, “I was hooked with my very first PMC. Since then, I”ve encountered so many people who have lost loved ones, and numerous others who overcame their own personal experience with cancer. Each year, now, I ride because I can for those who can”t and to celebrate the lives of those who are still with us.”

Throughout the year, he stays in shape with regular rides with cycling friends here in Atlanta. The group, playfully known as the Bad Boy Bikers (bbbcycling@earthlink.net), is an open co-ed group that has been cycling for many years.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.pmc.org using Dr. Schenk”s eGift ID: “PS0099″#.