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'Every time I go out on my bike, she's there'


PMC rider draws inspiration from mother for nearly two decades



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Martin Maketansky, of Holland, is getting ready for his 19th year in the Pan Mass Challenge. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
July 17, 2012
HOLLAND — Martin Maketansky will ride in honor of his mother during yet another Pan-Mass Challenge this August, an event he has participated in for the last 18 years.

Maketansky's mother died from cancer, and he has been thrilled to keep her memory alive while raising money for cancer research as a rider in the PMC.

"I ride with my mom's picture on the handle bars. Every time I go out on my bike she's there," said Maketansky, a veterinarian at the Sturbridge Veterinary Hospital who himself battled two types of cancer.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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