But he didn’t.
“When I struggled a bit, I would think of Joni and her fight, and sure, I got a little emotional,” he said. “But it’s amazing the strength I got from her and always will get from her.”
Joni’s presence has been in Andover the last month as her two daughters are staying with Finegold’s parents, Mike and Sondra.
“We celebrated Maisey’s seventh birthday the other day,” the state senator said. “It really stunk that Joni wasn’t there. It’s cruel. It really is.”
But it is impressive to see a brother and sister doing their part to make a difference.
Donations on behalf of Sen. Barry Finegold and Ana Finegold can be made online at http://www2.pmc.org/profile/BF0135 or by mailing a check payable to the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, to Sen. Finegold, 34 Essex St., Andover 01810.
What is the PMC?
Presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and New Balance, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is the nation’s original fundraising bike-a-thon. Today, it raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. Since 2007, the PMC has donated 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC has contributed $375 million to life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since its 1980 inception.