The Pan MASS Challenge begins today! Cycling to help cure Cancer. Ride safe and Thank you!

It is a wonderful weekend in Massachusetts. The temperature is in the 80’s and the humidity is low. What fabulous conditions for those special cyclist riding the PMC, a 400-mile journey through Appalachian trail and the beautiful back roads, countryside, and don’t forget the hills and valleys of Massachusetts.

Billy Starr, a man with a vision and heart:
PMC started in 1980 after Billy Starr’s mother passed away from melanoma. The grass roots beginnings was a ride with about 36 cyclists, who rode about 210 miles and raised over $10,000 which was donated to the Jimmy Fund.

Now, 30-years later the PMC has grown considerably and consistently from its modest beginnings into an event that draws more than 5,000 cyclists, who hail from 36 states and eight countries. Now in its 30th year, the PMC raised over $30 million from the efforts put forth by PMC cyclists on August 1 and 2, 2009. To date, the PMC has raised $270 million that has been used to improve the lives of those suffering with cancer. It is the largest single contributor to the Jimmy Fund, bringing in nearly 50 percent of its annual revenue.

The mission:
The Pan-Massachusetts 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 the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers.

Sponsor a rider:
There is still plenty of time to go to to sponsor a rider and help defeat cancer. These cyclists are riding a journey in the name of a friend, loved one, or all of us. They could use donations, support, volunteers, and a thank you….As HPVelo Bent Rider is a breast cancer survivor. And though the PMC is not “doable” this year, does not mean that i can’t support others and perhaps be ready to ride the great journey myself one year.

Ride safe and thank you to the PMC cyclists, sponsors, donators, volunteers and people who just go out and cheer on the riders.