Covidien Joins Pan-Mass Challenge as Corporate Sponsor

NEEDHAM, Mass. (July 3, 2013) – Covidien, the $10 billion global healthcare products leader with U.S. headquarters in Mansfield, Mass., has become a committed sponsor of the Pan-Mass Challenge. The company will contribute financially, provide medical supplies for the numerous medical tents that line 11 PMC routes spanning 360 miles across the Commonwealth and will support the event with many volunteers.

The Pan-Mass Challenge is the nation’s most successful athletic fundraising event, raising and contributing more money to charity than any other. Set for August 3 & 4, the PMC will draw nearly 10,000 cyclists and volunteers to the two-day bike-a-thon. Together, they will work to raise a record goal of $38 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Jimmy Fund. In the past 33 years, the PMC has contributed $375 million to DFCI.

In addition, Covidien will sponsor and manage a PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, August 4 at the Patriot Place water stop and finish line. Nearly 50 Covidien employees will volunteer to establish the route, help children register for the ride and encourage families to participate in a successful day. The Patriot Place Kids Ride is one of more than 35 PMC Kids Rides that take place throughout the spring, summer and fall, attracting thousands of children who seek sponsors and ride routes of various configurations and mileage. Together, PMC Kids Rides raise nearly $900,000 toward the PMC’s overall Jimmy Fund contribution.

“Covidien is proud to sponsor the PMC and to offer our support in several ways,” said Teresa Hacunda, Vice President, Civic Affairs, Covidien.  “As a company dedicated to improving patient outcomes, we celebrate the opportunity to collaborate with the PMC to assist funding Dana-Farber in its cancer research and treatment.  When our employees come together to organize and run the PMC Kids Ride, it is a family affair and great community effort. Working together to bring joy to children and money to cancer research is very fulfilling to all of us at Covidien.”

Covidien now joins the 200 corporate sponsors of the PMC, which together contribute more than $5 million in financial and in-kind donations to the organization. It is largely due to its corporate supporters that the PMC is able to give 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund.

“Covidien is part of the PMC family,” says PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr. “It takes cyclists, volunteers, individual and corporate contributors to make the PMC the most successful athletic fundraising event in the nation. We are grateful to Covidien management and employees for joining our mission.”

About the Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge is a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry and today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country. This year’s goal is to raise $38 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC, an annual bike-a-thon that spans up to 190 miles, is a model of fundraising efficiency, donating 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to the cause. Since the PMC’s 1980 inception, the event has raised $375 million. The 34th annual PMC is Aug. 3 and 4. For more information about the PMC, or to register to ride, visit pmc.org.

About Covidien

Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through leadership and excellence.  Covidien manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of industry-leading products in medical devices and supplies.  With 2012 revenues of $9.9 billion, Covidien has 38,000 employees worldwide in 70 countries, and its products are sold in over 140 countries.  Please visit www.covidien.com to learn more about our business.

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