Ride Chairs Message: Boston Brain Tumor Ride

Sunday, May 17, 2020, Virtually Broadcasting from Waltham, MA

Dear Boston Brain Tumor Ride Community,
Thank you so much for rolling with us for our 26th Annual Boston Brain Tumor Ride this year. Thanks to the commitment of so many of you we were able to raise $300,000 during a global pandemic!  This is a true testament to our New England brain tumor community. We are so thankful to our top fundraising team, Team Mawn and our top fundraiser Bill Coffman.
Unfortunately, it is with great personal sadness that I share with you the passing of our friend and fellow rider, Bill Coffman. Bill died peacefully on June 18 with his family at his side. Bill was first diagnosed with three brain tumors 26 years ago and through treatment supported and developed by the work that we do for the NBTS, rose to peak health and athletic performance. Only last year was he diagnosed with colon cancer which ultimately took his life.
Bill was a fixture of the Boston Brain Tumor Ride having done 23 consecutive rides. He was a consistent and always predictable top fundraiser having raised over $21,000 this year and reaching a lifetime total of over $500,000 for NBTS. We met at the 2012 BTR and immediately became friends. I invited him to join Team Kermit and he rode in our pink and green with Kermit atop his helmet the following year. I may be the Captain of Team Kermit, but Bill was the Patriarch. Bill was subsequently joined on our ride and team by his sons Andy, Matt, Bill, grandson Billy and of course his greatest cheerleader Kathy. Together, and under Bill’s watchful and most proud eyes, they made the Boston Ride and the NBTS a family affair.
Bill will be deeply missed for his devotion to his family and his dedication to helping others. Bill was a humanitarian of the highest order and an inspiration to me and to all whom he came in contact with.
All you have to do to honor Bill’s memory and help safeguard his legacy, is to continue to follow his example of helping others and supporting the NBTS. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 27th Annual Boston Brain Tumor Ride on May 16th.
With love to all,
Steven Branfman
Co-Chair, Boston Brain Tumor Ride
Captain, Team Kermit