Result! Jim Coggs At The Pan Mass Challenge

Regular visitors to this website (and Saabs United in the old days) will probably know the name of Jim Coggeshall. Jim is a big Saab fan and a multiple Saab owner.

Jim is also a cancer survivor (several times over) and for the last few years I’ve been asking you to support Jim as he rides his bike in the Pan Mass Challenge to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.


Well, I want to take my hat off both to Jim for doing the ride, and to you for helping him have his best fundraising year ever. I just received the following from Jim via email:

Dear Swade,

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your overwhelming support in sponsoring my JimCoggs2014-2fourth Pan Mass Challenge bicycle ride across Massachusetts. Your generosity enabled me to contribute close to $12,000 to the lifesaving work being done at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. This is the highest total ever and brings my historical tally to over $35,500. In all likelihood the 5,600 cyclists will have been able to far surpass this years $40 million goal.

The Dana-Farber likely saved my life on two occasions. You have enabled them to give others the same lifesaving chance I was given. To that I express my deepest gratitude.


I wanted to support Jim because cancer is a disease that touches all of us. It took my Dad’s life nearly 30 years ago and it recently took two great Saab friends – Nic Schellekens and Curvin O’Rielly.

I’m happy every year when Jim sends his Pan Mass Challenge email around because it gives us all an opportunity to think specifically about this terrible disease and the relentless task of not only treating the sick, but also finding a cure. And there’s no better way to think about this than through the prism of a friend who is a survivor, especially if you have friends or family who are not. Treatment IS possible and CAN work.

I’m especially happy this year to know that my friends and I have played some small part in helping another friend and cancer survivor raise funds for an institution playing a vital part in treating cancer patients.

Congratulations on another great ride, Jim. Every year and every ride is a bonus, mate!

And thanks to everyone who contributed in 2014. You really have made a difference.


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