This Sunday the Pan Mass Challenge bikers will be coming through Brewster. Each year Byron and I love to stand beside the Brewster General Store and cheer the bikers on as they pass by our inn. I get goose bumps watching these cyclists ride by as I realize the significance of what they are doing. The Pan Mass Challenge is an inspiring story – raising $51 million dollars last year!
Rock on Dana Faber and I look forward to cheering on all of the cyclists this Sunday.
Pan Mass Challenge Mission
Until we find a cure
The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC’s goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers.
Pan Mass History
Established by Billy Starr in 1980 and under his direction, the PMC has grown considerably and consistently from its modest beginnings into an event that draws 6,000 cyclists from 41 states and seven countries. Today, the Pan-Mass Challenge raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. The PMC generates more than 50% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and it is Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. Over the past 38 years, PMC cyclists have ridden to raise and contribute $598 million to cancer research.
The now nationally recognized PMC is a tribute to Starr’s unending desire to achieve, make a difference, and raise money for cancer research. It is also a model for all athletic fundraising events, setting the pace for a now $5 billion industry.