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10th Annual P4P Ride in Norwell, MA on Sept 18, 2016

A campaign by Billy Reilly

10th Annual P4P Ride in Norwell, MA on Sept 18, 2016
September 19, 2016 Update and Thank You!

Hi Everyone,

What can one say when a simple Thank You doesn't feel like enough?

Thank you all for making yesterday, and the past ten years, such an incredibly memorable experience. Your willingness to embrace P4P has been both humbling and eye opening, and something for which I'll always be grateful.

Thanks to you we have raised nearly $500K for neonatal intensive care at Brigham and Women's and Boston Children's Hospital!

Yesterday embodied everything I have loved about this ride from day one -- the camaraderie, the support, the laughter, everyone's desire to enjoy the day and work together. P4P truly couldn't have taken its shape and succeeded were it not for your involvement and support.  

Ever grateful,

Billy

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Join us for our 10th Annual P4P Ride on Sunday, Sept 18, 2016 in Norwell, MA! You can sign up for a 100-mile, 40-mile or 25-mile ride. Your $25 registration fee is 100% tax-deductible and supports life-giving neonatal care at Brigham and Women's and Boston Children's Hospital. All riders must pre-register by September 16th on this page to participate!

Pedaling 4 Preemies (P4P) was started as a ride of gratitude to say "thank you" to the incredible doctors and nurses at Brigham and Women's and Boston Children's Hospital who saved our son, Will's, life. He was born 13 weeks premature at 1 lb 9 oz. 

While my family and I will always feel a debt of gratitude to the team of more than 50 doctors and nurses who tended to Will during his 95 days at the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) --- he is just one of their many success stories. There are countless other families and infants from around the world who benefit from their expertise and care.

Join us by registering to ride or by clicking "Contribute Now" to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution to the NICUs at Brigham and Women's and Boston Children's Hospital. They are making miracles happen every day!

RIDE DETAILS

Date:  Sunday, September 18, 2016

Registration:  The cost is $25 per rider and all riders must register by September 16, 2016.

Fundraising:  Riders commit to raising as much as they can for P4P! Fundraising is not mandatory, but we are encouraging all riders to raise at least $500 to help us reach our goal. To raise funds, email this link (https://www.fortua.com/campaigns/10th-annual-pedaling-4-preemies-p4p) to friends and family and ask them to make a contribution. You can also post this link to Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest or use the easy-share social media buttons at the top of this page.

Start/End Location:  599 River Street, Norwell, MA 02061

100 Mile Ride:  Start 7:00am EST (check-in 6:30am EST) Route / Cue Sheet

25 and 40 Mile Ride:  Start 9:30am EST (check-in 9:00am EST) 

Route(s):  All of the P4P rides are looped routes starting and ending at 599 River Street in Norwell, MA. The rides travel on quintessential New England backroads in the South Shore of Massachusetts and each ride has ride leaders who lead riders through the different routes. So no need for cue sheets or route maps or GPS navigation! This is taken care of for you by our ride leaders and they can also accommodate different paces. We've been doing this for nearly 10 years and we have some great routes for you!

By registering for any P4P event you acknowledge that you accept the terms of P4P's Waiver.

Additional Ride Details:  Honey stinger products and water will be provided at the start. There will be organized rest stops to refuel and shed unwanted gear etc. In addition there are convenient stores along the routes for riders to use. Please come prepared with spare tubes, air, filled water bottles, and your own nutrition if needed.

POST-RIDE BBQ INFORMATION

Date:  Sunday, September 18, 2016 after the ride

Timing:  12noon to 5pm EST (family members are encouraged to attend and should arrive at 12:30pm EST)

Location:  599 River Street, Norwell, MA

Other Details:  There will be cookout food, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages available for everyone. Bring towels and bathing suits for the pool.

** Please email Billy directly (pedaling4preemies@gmail.com) if there are any allergies or dietary restrictions to be aware of **

MORE ABOUT P4P

Pedaling 4 Preemies (P4P) began in 2007 by Billy and Alexis Reilly in an effort to show support to the hospitals that helped them to bring their son, Will, home. The P4P ride has raised nearly $450,000 for two of the largest NICU’s (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) in Boston, Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospitals.

It all started when Alexis, at 26 weeks pregnant, started having pain in her abdomen. She came to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and after several hours of tests, Alexis was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome, which stands for hemolytic anemia, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count. It is extremely serious, and the only way to treat it is to deliver the baby. An emergency C-section was scheduled and Will arrived at 5:35pm that evening, weighing only 1lb, 9oz.

For the first month, the BWH nurses called Will the “all-star of the NICU” because he was doing so well. But when it came time to start feeding him milk, they realized little Will had digestive problems. That’s when he got really sick. Will was transported to Children’s Hospital and immediately went into surgery. 

Will came out of surgery with an ostomy so he could eliminate waste. The surgeons said, “The good news is, we can’t find anything wrong. The bad news is, we can’t find anything wrong.” After eight days, Will suddenly turned a corner. He was taken off the ventilator, was feeding great, and getting stronger. At Children’s, they said, “Normally, we would just keep Will until he is ready to go home, but the Brigham nurses are fighting very hard to have him back.” He went back to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for his final month of treatment. 

After 95 days, Will was finally able to go home at 4lbs., 12 oz., so tiny, so wonderful and most of all healthy! 

Now Will is a thriving, happy and healthy 9 year old --- thanks in no small part to the more than 50 doctors and nurses who cared for him during his first 95 days of life.







FAQs

When is the 2016 P4P ride?  The 2016 P4P Ride is on Sunday, Sept 18, 2016.

Where does the ride start and finish?  At 599 River Street, Norwell, MA.  

Do I need to register to ride?  Yes! The cost is $25 per rider and all riders must register by Sept 16, 2016.

Do I need to sign a waiver to ride?  Yes. By registering for or participating in any P4P event you accept and agree to the terms of P4P's Waiver of Liability.

If I am riding, can my family members attend the BBQ?  Yes, family members are encouraged to attend the BBQ from 12noon to 5pm on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

How can I make a donation to P4P?  Click "Contribute Now" to make a donation. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?  Yes. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. All funds raised go to the P4P/NICU Fund at Brigham and Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospital. Both Brigham and Women's and Children's Hospital are qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Brigham and Women's Hospital will send tax-deductible donation receipts to all donors following the ride.

Who should I contact if I have questions?  Please contact Billy Reilly at pedaling4preemies@gmail.com





Thank you to all of our friends and family who have helped to make P4P into something much bigger and much more impactful than we ever dreamed it could be. Thanks to your support we have raised nearly $500,000 for life giving newborn care. Your generosity is truly saving lives!



THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!