MONTEBELLO, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 2, 2014) - The professionals at Oncology Services International (OSI), the world's leading independent service organization for radiation oncology devices, spend long days supporting the healthcare providers who deliver radiology treatments to cancer patients.
That wasn't enough for a 10-member team of OSI employees and board members. They devoted evenings and weekends to train and then participate in an endurance cycling event to raise money for cancer research through the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) has been held for 35 years in Massachusetts; this is the second year a team from OSI has participated. Riding for Team OSI were:
- Richard J. Hall, President and CEO
- JD White, Chairman of the Board
- Phil Podmore, Founder and Board Member
- Jay Jason, Board Member
- Thomas "Bud" Ghegan, Board Member
- Garrett Mulhall, Regional Director
- Rick Krieder, Regional Director
- Bill Auxier, Director of Business Development
- Sean Lounsbury, Jay Jason's son-in-law
- Nick Stanton, Field Service Engineer
This year the team endured the worst conditions in the 35-year history of the event, with heavy, cold rain plaguing the first 111 miles of the 192-mile race. Sixty people were treated for hypothermia and 10 were admitted to the hospital. Fortunately no members of Team OSI were seriously injured, and they escaped major mechanical issues.
"It's a true honor to be a part of OSI, where people strive every day to ensure accurate, safe and timely treatments for those suffering from cancer," said Richard J. Hall, OSI's President and CEO. "This cycling team exemplifies our ideals of going 'above and beyond' to do whatever we can to eliminate cancer. We won't have a final tally of funds raised by Team OSI until October, but we anticipate the total will be approximately $60,000."
Established in 1980, the PMC has grown consistently from its modest beginnings into an event that draws 5,500 cyclists from 36 states and eight countries. The Pan-Mass Challenge raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country, generating half of the Jimmy Fund's annual revenue and serving as Dana-Farber's single largest contributor. Over the past 34 years, PMC cyclists have ridden to raise and contribute $414 million to cancer research.
About Oncology Services International
Oncology Services International (OSI) is the world leader in linear accelerator service as well as Precision Certified equipment and parts sales. Founded in 1985, OSI's team of more than 50 engineers provides ongoing service and maintenance on more than 220 linear accelerators and CTs. OSI's cost-effective solutions, accompanied by its industry-leading high touch service, have positioned OSI as the leading alternative to the traditional reliance upon the manufacturer for extended service. The company provides service 24/7 on all major brands in the United States, has sold its factory-tested Precision Certified radiation oncology medical devices in 30 countries, and offers global distribution of new and fully tested used parts. Learn more at www.thinkosi.com.