Today, the Pan-Mass Challenge commenced its 40th ride, with over 6,700 cyclists from 12 countries & 43 states committing to pedal different distances across Massachusetts throughout the weekend. These cyclists will be coming together with the mutual goal of raising a record $60M i.e. $4 million more than last year’s gift for cancer research & patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If the target achieved, the Chief Executive Officer of Overstock.com & PMC rider, Patrick Byrne, has vowed an additional $1 million donation to the cause, bringing the 40-year contribution of the organization to more than $715 million. The Pan-Mass Challenge, as compared with other single athletic events raises the greatest amount of money for charity & donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber as its largest single contributor, accounting for over 54% of the annual revenue of its Jimmy Fund.
Over 6,700 cyclists are pedaling up to 192 miles in the milestone 40th PMC this weekend, with the target of raising a record-breaking 60 million dollars for cancer research & patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Every year, the Pan-Mass Challenge attracts cyclists ranging in from age 13 till 88 raising critical funding for cancer research & care. Riders are given the option for choosing from 12 routes of varying distance & fundraising commitments, initiating from the Sunday morning 25-mile ride up to the organization’s hallmark, 2-day 192-mile journey, passing through 47 towns across Massachusetts. A lot of cyclists participate to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer, & at the heart of the Pan-mass challenge community are more than 950 PMC riders & volunteers who are cancer survivors or current patients themselves, considered “Living Proof” of the organization’s spirit & mission.