Locals to Participate in the 2023 Pan-Mass Challenge
On Aug. 5 and 6, more than 6,000 riders from around the globe, including 20 residents from Norfolk and 9 from Wrentham, will pedal in the 44th Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). These cyclists will come together with the common goal of raising a record-breaking $70 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber). If achieved, this would be the single-largest gift Dana-Farber has ever received, bringing the PMC’s total contribution in the fight against cancer to $970 million since 1980.
As the nation’s single most successful athletic fundraiser, the fully supported bike-a-thon includes one and two-day routes, from 25 to 211 miles, designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising ability. For the 17th consecutive year, 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar will be donated directly to Dana-Farber to support lifesaving cancer research and treatment. The PMC accounts for more than 60 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue as Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor.
“The steadfast commitment of the PMC community year after year continues to inspire me,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “With our sights set on a record-breaking fundraising goal for PMC 2023, I’m grateful for the continued support from all PMC riders, volunteers, donors, and sponsors and I can’t wait to see everyone out on the road together this August.”
Riders and volunteers will travel from 43 states and 8 countries to participate in PMC Ride Weekend festivities in Massachusetts. Most participate in honor of a family member or friend fighting cancer, and 950 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients, considered Living Proof® of the PMC mission. There are also 150 Dana-Farber employees committed to the cause as riders and volunteers, in some cases to fund their own cancer research.
The PMC is co-presented by the Red Sox Foundation® and M&T Bank. To make a financial contribution to a rider visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2023 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Thank you to the following participants:
Norfolk: John Bailer, Susan Bloom Brooks, Jessica Boulter, John Cali, Andrew Cleverdon, Brian Donegan, Rob Duffy, David Dwyer, Wayne Johnson, David Lawson, Paul Lugten, Paul Macrina, John Maheu, Vincent Manning, John McCarron, Michael Quinn, Ed Rapa, Nancy Rose, Andy Weitzman, and Andrew Wolff.
Wrentham: John Anderson, Joseph Collins, Michael Earls, Brian Harvey, David Hennessey, Christopher Pacella, Danielle Page, Josh Person, and Jeremiah Sullivan.