When Derry Council Chairman Joshua Bourdon participates in the upcoming Pan-Mass Challenge, he will be riding in honor of a local cancer survivor.
Bourdon is dedicating his third ride in the August 5 and 6 event to Derry resident Meredith Patricia, who recently beat a rare form of cancer called Cardiac Angiosarcoma. Patricia and Bourdon met and became friends through the Facebook page, “Bringing Derry Together.”
“She’s very active in our community and cares a great deal about Derry,” Bourdon said. “I was very concerned when I found out about her cancer and the type she was dealing with. Cardiac Angiosarcoma is no joke.”
Bourdon said Patricia recently had her final treatment and is now cancer free. He added, “It’s a great survivor’s story; she’s a fighter and I’m honored to ride on her behalf to bring awareness to her and her heroic battle.”