Chris Rode All the Way Again, Suffield Kids Ride Has Changed

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Photo by Lester Smith

Chris Nikolis, center right, and the friends who came to see him off smile for the camera as he prepares to depart on the three-day Pan Mass Challenge on August 8. He rides to support the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Institute’s fight against cancer. Friend Patrick McMahon, center left, planned to ride along as far as Somers.

As he has for many years, Chris Nikolis rode his bike in the Pan Mass Challenge from the Suffield Green to Provincetown, Mass., raising support for the Jimmy Fund’s fight against cancer. He left the Green on August 8 this year, with good friends, young and not-so-young, there to see him off. Those young friends — and lots of other enthusiastic kids age 2 to 16 — had planned to gather at Suffield Middle School on Saturday, September 18, to play their part in that great support through the PMC Kids Ride.

Chris is happy to report that the Suffield PMC Kids Ride last year, even with the ride cancelled because of the pandemic, raised $25,000 for the Jimmy Fund, for a total of $350,000 raised since 2009. That’s a lot of spaghetti dinners, bottles and cans, Bingo, and generous friends and relatives! All of what’s raised goes to the fund; pizza and ice cream and other costs of the events are supported by generous sponsors.

Chris and Denise Nikolis, co-coordinators of the Suffield PMC Kids Ride, reluctantly announced on August 20 that the Kids Ride, previously scheduled for September 18, could not be allowed to create such a gathering now. They encourage fundraising to continue, and families are encouraged to register and have their kids ride “whatever distance you wish at a time and place that works for you.” You can go to to register or learn more.

The Nikolises add: “Our commitment to PMC and the Jimmy Fund is unchanged and we can’t wait for the 2022 Suffield Kids Ride next May 7, presented by PeoplesBank.”

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