This summer, participants in Charlotte’s 24 Hours of Booty will fuel their walk and ride thanks to the newly-named PNC Hydration Station. Team PNC is captained by Mark Kendall who knows the importance of 24 Foundation’s mission to provide cancer navigation and survivorship for all.
“I have several motivators for being PNC’s team captain,” he explains. “24 Foundation events raise funds for a great cause and benefits some terrific beneficiaries. Additionally, PNC encourages all employees to seek ways to make a tangible difference in our community. Combining cycling, walking, coworkers, and a great cause seemed like a natural recipe for fun.”
Even though Mark entered his first 24 Hours of Booty event on a dare for a friend, cancer has touched his life. “I’ve lost three of my four grandparents to cancer as well as numerous friends. Their lives can never be replaced, but with every mile I pedal, I can benefit other survivors and their families.”
Since his first event, which marked the completion of his first ever century – 100 miles ridden, Mark has noted that accomplishment many times over, but there’s nothing like the first time. “At mile 100.2, I pulled up to my car and went home. It was still dark, but the thrill driving home with that milestone accomplished will never be forgotten. I’ve gone on to ride many centuries during many events since that day, but that was my first.”
For Mark, and for the PNC team, the event’s impact locally and nationally is the real win. “We appreciate that funding goes directly to helping families impacted by cancer. When cancer strikes, it is tragic, and every bit of help becomes a necessity. I feel participating in 24 Foundation events is a necessity.”
24 Foundation is grateful to Mark, the entire PNC team, and for the company’s work to make an immediate impact on the lives of those affected by cancer. Charlotte participants can show their appreciation with every stop at PNC’s Hydration Station this July.