The PMC 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.  Click here to learn more about how Dana-Farber uses PMC funds.

The PMC Philosophy

While today there are many athletic fundraising events, the PMC channels 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund. It's the most successful fundraising event for charity in the nation, and also among the leanest.

Billy Starr's commitment to running such an efficient non-profit organization is testament to his savvy business skills, his organizational fortitude, and his determination that all PMC riders take their fundraising commitment to the event as seriously as their physical commitment.

This summer, each cyclist will commit to raising between $500 and $5,200 for the privilege of being a member of the PMC team. However, ninety percent of all PMCers exceed the minimum fundraising contribution, and one-third raise more than twice the amount required.

With equal commitment, the PMC relies upon thousands of volunteers to orchestrate the three-day event. From mapping the route, to constructing water stops, to ensuring medical attention and safety for thousands, 3,000 PMC volunteers commit their time, resources and energy to the event, without financial compensation. This team effort is a product of the PMC's philosophy of success: those who commit themselves in full are those who achieve results.