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May 9, 2014

Spinning to fight cancer

Local PMC team hosts waterfront fundraiser for Jimmy Fund

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Lola Pelletier of Amesbury is a retired spin instructor who joined Team Paul & Eve three years ago and will teach the last class on Saturday. She is also an organizer of the spin-a-thon, which was held for the first time last year.

“It’s fun,” she said. “I think people like the crowd. We’ve gotten really good community support.”

Pelletier is also riding in the PMC with James and a friend from Boston, Nicole Curran. Team Paul & Eve has contributed more than $130,000 to The Jimmy Fund over the past seven years, and the three women hope to raise $20,000 this year. All money raised for the PMC supports cancer research and care.

Also teaching a class at the spin-a-thon for the second year is Melissa O’Brien, an instructor at Fuel Training Studio and co-owner of Massage Only, both in Newburyport.

“It’s for a wonderful cause,” said O’Brien, who remembers that last year’s event was held on an “extremely hot” day. “Even with the heat last year, everyone was on board. There’s a ton of people walking by and listening to the music and kids dancing.”

O’Brien said she loves the idea of a spin-a-thon because it’s something that everyone can participate in.

“The beauty of spin is every fitness level can do it,” she said. “A lot of people do it because it’s a fundraiser. It’s for those two special kids.”

Paul and Noah plan to hop on the bikes during the fundraiser, too. They and their friends will also sell cookies and lemonade, as well as roam the boardwalk to sell raffle tickets offering the chance to win a number of gift certificates donated by local businesses.

“It’s really nice to see everyone on the bikes having fun,” Noah said.

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