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'I'm going to do it until I can't do it anymore'

Sturbridge PMC rider remembering neighbor, friend this year

Leane Hammond shows a photo of her late friend and neighbor Rich Korzec. She will ride in his memory during the Pan Mass Challenge next month. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
July 22, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Every year Leane Hammond rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge, she wears a T-shirt displaying the names of several cancer survivors and people who lost their battles with the disease.

Sadly, her T-shirt for the 2012 PMC will bear the name of her friend and neighbor, Rich Korzec, who died of esophageal cancer in April. Hammond and her family met Korzec when they moved into their Cherrybrook Circle home 13 years ago, and they considered him to be a great friend.

"We were very close to him. It was a shock when he was first diagnosed, and because it was such an aggressive cancer, he didn't have long," said Hammond, who will be riding in her 16th PMC in August.

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

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