The Pan-Mass Challenge kicked off its 2016 ride weekend, as cyclists from across the United States and abroad, mounted their bikes to ride up to 192 miles in the hopes of collectively raising $46 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If accomplished, this fundraising goal will bring the PMC’s 37 year contribution to Dana-Farber to more than $546 million in total.
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During PMC weekend, cyclists from 40 states and seven countries, ranging from ages 13 to 84, become one extended family, choosing from 12 different routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising abilities. Many ride in honor of a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer, as 100 percent of every rider raised dollar goes directly to Dana-Farber. The PMC is an especially memorable experience for more than 600 riders and volunteers who are cancer survivors or current patients, considered “Living Proof” of the PMC spirit and mission to find a cure.
“Every year, we are blown away by the commitment the riders and volunteers make to the PMC in the hopes of one day eradicating cancer,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “New faces become familiar ones, strangers become family, and it’s this special and unique camaraderie that makes the PMC such an emotional and unforgettable experience year after year. Here’s to another year in the books, to reaching another fundraising milestone, and to another step taken toward helping Dana-Farber find a cure.”
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“We are deeply grateful to the PMC for its unwavering support every year. Unrestricted funds are essential to the Institute and to receive more than half a billion from such a passionate group, is truly transformational,” said Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer, Dana-Farber. “Thanks to the PMC, we have been able to achieve incredible breakthroughs in cancer research, from clinical trials that test drugs that go on to receive FDA approval, to new treatments and specialized patient care. The PMC is undoubtedly a cornerstone in Dana-Farber’s mission and our partner in our work to change the face of cancer.”
The average cyclist trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors, and raises more than $6,500. One-day routes include riding from Wellesley or Sturbridge to Bourne, Wellesley to Patriot Place and Bourne to Provincetown. Two-day routes include Wellesley or Sturbridge to Provincetown, and Wellesley or Sturbridge to Bourne and back.
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The PMC is presented by New Balance and the Red Sox Foundation. Another 200 companies support the event by providing more than $4 million in goods and services each year. During PMC weekend and throughout the year, more than 4,000 volunteers donate their time to support the organization. To make a financial contribution to a rider, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2016