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Our journey has been profoundly shaped by childhood cancer. In response, Bright Happy Power puts together teams to raise funds for cancer research and treatment. Yet this isn’t the only journey…the only cause. Our team is also supporting research into diabetes. And other challenges. To learn more about cancer, or to find additional resources to support families living with life-limiting illnesses, please visit our resource page. In the past, our cyclists raised about $55,000 toward cancer research for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund and our ADA team made significant contributions to diabetes research through the ADA. Marathon runners raised over $5,000 in 2014 for children’s programming, dancers raised over $2,000 for cancer patients, and martial artists raised hundreds for pediatric patients.

** See Jessie Doktor in a blue dress and straw hat on her bike in this PMC video.

AUGUST 2015 – PAN MASS CHALLENGE BIKE TEAM: Bright Happy Power’s PMC BIKE will ride with PMC TEAM KERMIT This Year!

11796301_10154079411503452_3542913459073416658_nFather-and-daughter cyclists Chris and Sarah Doktor ride in memory of Jessie Doktor and to help other families living with cancer. Over the past several years, our cyclists have raised over $58,000 toward cancer research for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. They rode with Team Kermit, and that team’s contribution this year is over $270,000. By the end of 2015, the PMC’s organization expects to reach the milestone of $500 million donated to Dana Farber (100% of funds raised).

BHPower-ST327x270mmH-1APRIL 2015 – Two BOSTON MARATHONERS raise funds for Bright Happy Power! Polio survivor Dr. William Tan returns from Singapore for his comeback race as a wheelchair athlete (he raced for 6 years as a partner for Jessie Doktor 2002-2008, then was diagnosed and overcame cancer). Donors to William’s race will receive a complimentary book: No Journey Too Tough. Supporters can follow returning Ipswich, MA racer Jason Wertz (bib 7138); Ipswich-based company EBSCO will match funds donated to Wertz’s run to kick-start new pediatric programming at Mass General Hospital. Feel free to make donations by using the link to the right to cheer them on!wertz_marathon

APRIL 2014 – Two BOSTON MARATHONERS from Ipswich will raise funds for Bright Happy Power! Follow racers Jason Wertz (bib 28523) and Phoebe Howe (bib 28550) the day of the race. They are both starting in wave 4 at 11:25 am on the day of the Marathon! Feel free to make donations by using the link to the right to cheer them on!

MAY 2014 – ADA TOUR de CURE BIKE TEAM: Bright Happy Power’s Team Rides to Raise Funds and Awareness for Diabetes Research

Several cycling friends ride to help in the cause of diabetes, another life-changing illness that challenges many children and adults in America and around the world, including many of our friends, neighbors and family members.

AUGUST 2014 – PAN MASS CHALLENGE BIKE TEAM: Bright Happy Power’s PMC BIKE will ride with PMC TEAM KERMIT This Year!

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Father-and-daughter team Chris and Sarah Doktor ride together in memory of Jessie Doktor and to help other children living with cancer. This route the route included Foxboro Stadium! In the past several years, our cyclists have raised about $55,000 toward cancer research for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. Please support Chris and Sarah ride again this year.

AUGUST 2012 – PAN MASS CHALLENGE BIKE TEAM: Bright Happy Power’s PMC BIKE TEAM on the ROAD! Father-and-daughter team Chris and Sarah Doktor ride together in memory of Jessie Doktor and to help other children living with cancer. This route the route included Foxboro Stadium! In the past five years, our cyclists have raised about $51,250 toward cancer research for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.

MAY 2012 – TOUR de CURE: Bright Happy Power Team Rides Sunday! Several cycling friends ride to help in the cause of diabetes, another life-changing illness that challenges many children and adults in America and around the world, including many of our friends, neighbors and family members.

AUGUST 2011 – PAN MASS CHALLENGE BIKE TEAM: Bright Happy Power’s PMC BIKE TEAM on the ROAD: SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th! Father-and-daughter team Chris and Sarah Doktor ride together in memory of Jessie Doktor and to help other children living with cancer. In the past four years, our cyclists have raised about $50,000 toward cancer research for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.

MAY 2011 – TOUR de CURE: Bright Happy Power Team Rode Sunday, May 22nd! Several cycling friends ride to help in the cause of diabetes, another life-changing illness that challenges many children and adults in America and around the world, including many of our friends, neighbors and family members.

AUGUST 2010 – PAN MASS CHALLENGE BIKE TEAM: Bright Happy Power’s PMC BIKE TEAM on the ROAD: SUNDAY, AUGUST 8th! Father-and-daughter team Chris and Sarah Doktor ride together in memory of Jessie Doktor and to help other children living with cancer. In the past three years, our cyclists have raised about $50,000 toward cancer research for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. Please support Chris and Sarah again this year. Click here to make a donation; every contribution helps. To read more about Chris and Sarah, check out their stories in the Ipswich Chronicle and the Salem News.

SEPTEMBER 2009 – BOSTON MARATHON JIMMY FUND WALK TEAM: 15-year-old Sarah (Jessie’s older sister) walked as the captain of our team. She sojourned 13.7 miles on foot with family and friends along the Boston Marathon route on Sept. 13th. Once again, she’s raising funds for Dana Farber in memory of Jessie. Her little sister was treated there for 6 years. She walked alongside two local families whose children are survivors because of Dana Farber’s extraordinary care: Matt Ashley and Kassie Jernegan. Children currently on treatment, such as Connor — whom Bright Happy Power supports — are ‘Walk Heroes’ along the route. Link to photos of the event.

AUGUST 2009 – PAN MASS CHALLENGE BIKE TEAM: Our bike team successfully completed their routes. Together, they pledged to raise at least $13,500 for cancer research. (To see photos, click here.) Cyclists on the team included: Chris Doktor (Jessie’s dad) and his daughter Sarah (Jessie’s surviving sister), Mark Hardie and his daughter Sidney, Erica and Matt Callahan and their son Lucas, Linda Behan, and Chandler DeLinks. Thousands of riders rode about 190 miles. Read an interview in the Ipswich Chronicle. The entire event  raised over $25 million that year for cancer research.

SEPTEMBER 2008 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Team: 14-year-old Sarah (Jessie’s older sister) served as the captain of our walking team, and walked over 13 miles with friends and family along the Boston Marathon route. Together friends in Ipswich raised several thousand dollars for the Jimmy Fund.

AUGUST 2008  Pan Mass Challenge Bike Team: Our bike team made the commitment to raise $4,000 each. 8 riders participated in a two-day ride ending in Provincetown, MA: Chandler, Charlotte, Chris, Daniel, Jeff, Kevin, Mark and Yancy. Together our team raised over $36,000 toward cancer research; the 2008 PMC ride raised over $34 million for Dana Farber’s Jimmy Fund.

APRIL 2008 Wheelchair Athlete Dr. William Tan raced in the BOSTON MARATHON for the sixth year. He has been Jessie’s champion since the first spring after she was diagnosed with leukemia. Each year, he returns to Boston from his native Singapore and races in her honor. One special year, they crossed the finish line together. Now, William races in her memory and serves as one of the International Ambassadors of Bright Happy Power. In his own life. William has overcome polio to become a physician, cancer researcher and world-class wheelchair athlete. Last year, in Jessie’s memory, he set a world record by completing marathons (in a wheelchair) on all the continents of the world! Read the Ipswich Chronicle article.

AUGUST 2006 PMC CYCLING TEAM: