Riders Gear Up For This Year’s Monumental Pan-Mass Challenge

Riders are gearing up once again for what appears to be another record-breaking Pan-Mass Challenge to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Boston. The annual two-day bike-a-thon raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country.

Last year, we spoke with PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr, who had hopes of raising $48 million. The actual amount raised last year alone?  $51 million and the ride is even stronger this year.

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This year, they are hoping to surpass that figure with a goal of raising more than $52 million and are well on their way to achieving it. All of the monies raised affords Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers the resources necessary to discover cures for all cancers. Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has been at the forefront of the athletic fundraising industry, raising nearly $600 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber. (The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause).

Whether you are an experienced rider or a newly-formed PMC team comprised of four, first-year Harvard Medical School students and one Harvard graduate like Team Docs Who Lift, the ride not only raises money for a good cause, but also promotes a healthier lifestyle.

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Other PMC events throughout the year include a fundraiser held at Harpoon Brewery to decide the official PMC Beer of the Year. One of our favorite spring events is PMC Day at Fenway Park where cancer survivors and PMC “Living Proof” riders take a victory lap around the warning track and pediatric cancer patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic serve as bat boys and girls during a Red Sox game.

Another haute event this spring was their “Heavy Hitter” celebration, which recognized and honored stand-out fundraisers who individually raised more than $7,800 for the PMC. Billy Starr attended the event and was joined by the PMC’s new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Robert Smith, in giving remarks as well as PMC riders Christine and Jason Steiner, whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two, and Dr. Andrew Place, a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology physician at Dana-Farber.

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