NEEDHAM, MA - Summit residents Patrick McCullough and Michael Cornell will be among the more than 6,300 cyclists set to ride up to 192 miles in the upcoming Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), which is aiming to surpass last year’s record-breaking gift that raised $52 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Cyclists from 43 states and 10 countries will gather in Massachusetts August 4-5 to participate in the PMC. Riders include everyone from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors and range in age from 13 to 85. Many ride to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for cancer, and over 900 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves.
Designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising ability, the PMC offers 12 different routes, varying in mileage and difficulty, that pass through 46 towns across the Commonwealth, with starting lines in Sturbridge, Wellesley and Bourne.
Cyclists are required to raise between $600 and $8,000, depending on the chosen route, though the average cyclist raises more than $7,000, which exemplifies the spirit of the PMC and its riders. Volunteers, spectators, donors and sponsors are also part of the camaraderie on ride weekend, all working together in hopes of one day eradicating cancer.
The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber through the its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund, and is the institute’s largest single contributor, raising more than 53 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. In 2017, the PMC gave a record gift of $51 million to Dana-Farber, bringing it’s 38-year contribution to a total of more than $598 million since its inception in 1980.
For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, visit pmc.org.