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Local Residents to Participate in Reimagined 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge

NEEDHAM – On Saturday, Aug. 1, more than 10,000 participants, including 10 participants from Tewksbury and 12 participants from Dracut, will virtually take part in the reimagined 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of raising critical funds for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber).
 
The organization’s traditional ride, which typically includes 12 routes spanning 25 to 192 miles over the first weekend of every August, will be transformed into a virtual experience on Saturday, August 1, 2020, following an Opening Ceremonies television broadcast to kick things off on Friday, July 31. PMC 2020 Reimagined will remotely bring together thousands of riders, volunteers, donors and supporters from around the globe to virtually celebrate the spirit of PMC weekend while making an unparalleled impact on the fight against cancer. Many participate to honor a family member or friend who has battled cancer, while more than 940 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves—considered Living Proof® of the progress made in cancer research and treatment.
 
“As we prepare for PMC 2020 Reimagined, we are grateful for the continued support from our growing community,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “It is thanks to the unwavering passion and commitment of our riders, volunteers, donors and sponsors that the PMC can continue to make tangible impact on advancements in cancer research and treatment, even through this difficult time. We look forward to having old and new participants join us on August 1, bound together by our dream of a world without cancer.”
 
While this year’s PMC will be different in its execution, the organization and its community remains fully committed to its fundraising efforts in support of life-saving cancer research, treatment and care at Dana-Farber. One hundred percent of every rider-raised dollar is donated directly to Dana-Farber through the its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund, accounting for more than 57 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue In 2019, the PMC donated a record-breaking $63 million to Dana-Farber, bringing it’s 40-year contribution to more than $717 million. 
 
The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation®. To make a financial contribution to a rider from your town or to become a virtual rider, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2020 #PMCReimagined on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.
 
Thank you to the following participants.
 
Dracut (12):
  • Tina Aswad
  • Nick Aswad
  • Gary Aswad
  • Paula Barrett
  • Raymond Barrett
  • Jennifer Brown
  • Ashley Jean
  • Raymond Merrill
  • Colleen Merrill
  • Joseph Paolillo
  • Alyssa Plouffe
  • Jessica Turgeon
 
Tewksbury (10):
  • Glenn Carlson
  • Rick DiFronzo
  • Nicole Fields
  • Joe Galluzzo
  • Chris O’Neil
  • Cynthia O'Neil
  • Charlie Silva
  • John Stadtman
  • David Stein
  • Marianne Sullivan
 
About the Pan-Mass Challenge
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The 41st PMC will take place on August 1, 2020. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $717 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause, generating 57% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue as Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors, all of which are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. The PMC’s hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, visit www.pmc.org.
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