The first traditional Pan-Mass Challenge since 2019 was a “wonderfully successful weekend” even amid the brutally hot conditions as thousands of cyclists biked across the state with the goal of raising $66 million for Dana-Farber.
More than 6,300 PMC participants cycled between 25 and 211 miles in the 43rd annual bike-a-thon for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute over the weekend.
“It was a lot of sun, it was a lot of heat, it was very difficult, but people did great,” Billy Starr, PMC founder and executive director, told the Herald after he finished the ride to Provincetown. “It was a wonderfully successful weekend for us.
“We’re back in the saddle again,” he added, noting how last year was a more limited hybrid event due to the pandemic.
This year’s fundraising goal for Dana-Farber is $66 million after PMC raised $64 million last year. The $66 million amount for Dana-Farber would be a record-breaking haul.
“We definitely expect to more than meet the goal ($66 million) this year,” Starr said. “The PMC constituency is very committed to the cause. People are very motivated for this.”
PMC 2022 included 16 one and two-day routes ranging from 25 to 211 miles, which are designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising ability. Cyclists from eight countries and 43 states participated in this year’s ride, many in honor of a family member or friend fighting cancer.
More than 950 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients. More than 140 Dana-Farber employees are committed to the cause as riders and volunteers as well, in some cases to fund their own cancer research.
For the 16th consecutive year, the PMC will donate 100% of every rider-raised dollar to Dana-Farber as its largest single contributor, accounting for 55% of its Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.
“As our largest single contributor, we are incredibly grateful for the PMC and its dedicated community that continues to remain steadfast in its commitment to fundraising for critical cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber,” Laurie Glimcher, president and CEO of Dana-Farber, said in a statement. “Cancer doesn’t stop for anything, so we are especially inspired by the perseverance the PMC community has continued to show over the last two challenging years.”
If the PMC achieves its record-breaking goal of $66 million this year, it would bring its total contributions to more than $897 million since 1980.