A tip of the hat is in order to Barry Chaiken, geek doc, past board chairman of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, vintner and cardiovascular animal.
Bicycling with meaningful use
Last Friday, Chaiken was gearing up for his 27th Pan-Massachusetts Challenge charity bicycle ride with an 80-mile sally from Boston to Sturbridge, Mass.
Then, in two days over this past weekend, Chaiken turned around and pedaled back east from Sturbridge to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod, covering about 192 miles.
Since the Pan-Mass was founded in 1980, volunteers have raised more than $303 million for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Over the years, Chaiken has raised more than $100,000 in pledges himself.
Chaiken lost his father to cancer 27 years ago, so this ride is personal.
In his e-mail to friends and sponsors, he spoke of how, during the warm-up run to Sturbridge each year, “I get to chat with my dad. Although prostate cancer took him away from me in 1984, he is always with me, especially this day. I share with him all that has happened the past year. My successes. My failures. My worries. My dreams. I may not actually hear his voice, but I do feel his presence, his guidance, his love.”
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