(Sunday, June 12) Getting Ready in Boston

Well, the day before we set off was a cold and rainy one in Boston.  We woke up after a 14-hour drive from South Bend, refreshed and ready to go on the eve of the beginning of the ride.  George from Notre Dame Development set us up with many nice meeting throughout the day.  We had a brunch with one of my advisory council members, Rich, who works out of Boston. His interest in the ride was invigorating. Then, right after breakfast, it was off to lunch with Paula and Matt.  Matt is on the Engineering Advisory Council.  We had lunch at Legal Sea Foods on the water – a beautiful view on a chilly day. We talked in depth about the ride and the Parseghian family, then we turned to football. I am predicting an undefeated 12-0 season – Matt and George were nearly as optimistic.  

We then went on to the home of Ara Parseghian, son of Cindy and Mike Parseghian and grandson of Coach Parseghian. Ara lives in Boston, where his wife Cecily is a lawyer and he is a fourth-year medical student at Tufts University.  They have a great home.  We packed up the van in time for our interview with Kelley Tuthill, the anchor at ABC Boston. Kelley is a Notre Dame alumna and breast cancer survivor.  She is terrific – we had read all about her fight against cancer and how she did it with the viewers. She is an inspiration to us all and one of our many fantastic alumni.  Kelley interviewed us and got some pictures of the green van and, of course, some video of us riding.  

Then it was time for dinner at Paul and Susan’s house in Concord. Paul is on my advisory council, and their daughter Victoria is coming to Notre Dame this fall to study science-business. Wow!  She is so excited and very enthusiastic about ND – she has the ND spirit, and I must say she is just perfect for Notre Dame.  Leo and his wife Janice were there, and we talked about the ride and the Parseghians’ fight against Niemann-Pick.  Ara and Cecily came for dinner,  and we had a great time together.

What a wonderful day! Lots of new friends, lots of ND family. We are so lucky to have such wonderful alumni and friends of Notre Dame. We are looking forward so much to the ride and to meeting more friends and family of Notre Dame who share our passion for the fight against NPC.

It’s the last day before the ride, and I wish to thank Cindy and Mike Parseghian for giving us the inspiration to ride on their behalf and all of the NPC families.  We wish to thank Provost Burish and President Rev. Jenkins for all their support that made possible the ride again this year, and all those at ND – faculty, staff and students, alumni and friends. You inspire us. Please join us on our journey this year as we meet with the families and children with NPC. They are what this is all about.

Go Irish!

2 Comments so far

  1.    Frank Pfrieger on June 14th, 2011

    Hi Greg and Renate!
    Greetings from France! Keep on going, I think it’s an excellent idea to promote NPC by your bike-ride! I wish you all the best!