Aug 27, 2017
Gazebo in Brunswick, Maine
Dan R Michaud passed away in 1986, at which time Tom Legare was with Dan's father in his hospital room, holding Dan as he took his last three breaths.
Dan R. Michaud of Topsham, Maine, was a loving and dedicated husband, father of four children, and only 32 years of age when he lost his long and painful battle with cancer.
Tom wanted to ride for cancer, so he approached the American Cancer Society and was told they had no such ride. So he told them that he would ride in Dan's memory the following year, spending the following year planning the challenge. As the planning progressed, he was joined by two friends.
The original Dan R. Michaud Memorial was a two day double-century. Tom Legare, Micky Cote and Andy Pietkiewicz rode two 100 mile routes on back to back days. See map elsewhere on site.
The Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club - www.merrymeetingwheelers.org - picked up the event as a club sponsored event going into the second or third year. After 6 years, the MWBC decided to diversify by donating the proceeds to different Maine based cancer programs or patient support entities. In the early and mid 90's, it was decided to work with the Brunswick Hospice Volunteers group and subsequently with and ultimately turned over the sponsorship to the Maine Hospice Council. Primary sponsorship returned to the MWBC in 2015.
The Dan Michaud Memorial Ride continues to be supported by many who ride to increase awareness about the indiscriminate nature of cancer and to support organizations dedicated to improving care for terminally ill people, their families, friends, and caregivers.
Maine Hospice Event and Dan R. Michaud Memorial Rid leaves from Brunswick Gazebo at 8 am. This event is designed to be a fun, low key ride while raising money for The Maine Hospice Council. The registration fee is $50 and 100% of the money collected will be given to the Hospice Council with no other additional fundraising necessary. The ride, organized by the MWBC, takes advantage of our volunteers and local ride knowledge to explore 25, 50 and 75 mile options in the Bowdoinham/Richmond area. Contact the Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club for more information.
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