Volunteer for the Pan-Mass Challenge

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Volunteer for the Pan-Mass Challenge

NEEDHAM, Mass. – Volunteers are the gears driving the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) engine toward an unprecedented $40 million goal.

The PMC, the nation’s largest single fundraising event that raises money for charity, is seeking volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help the annual bike-a-thon raise money for cancer research. Volunteers provide assistance with registration, medical support, bike repairs, luggage transportation, security, food service, set-up and clean-up during the two-day bike-a-thon that spans 190 miles across the Commonwealth. Volunteer registration for the 35th annual PMC, which is set for Aug. 2 and 3, is open from March 19 through July 15.

In particular, massage, occupational, and physical therapists are needed to rub the sore bodies of cyclists when the first day of the event concludes at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne.

Since its inception in 1980, the PMC has raised $414 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. More than 3,300 volunteers help the PMC keep its operating expenses low, making it possible for 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to be dedicated to the cause. The PMC is Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor and the event raises more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.

“Volunteers of all ages are an integral part of the year-round success of the Pan-Mass Challenge,” says PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr. “During PMC weekend, whether individuals are passing out registration packets or working behind the scenes to ensure cyclists have food, water and mechanical assistance, their efforts matter. By volunteering for the PMC, you can transform your energy, compassion, and encouragement into furthering cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.”

Volunteers can help before the event, on all three days of PMC weekend, August 1, 2 and 3, or volunteer one day and ride in the Sunday route designated for volunteers from Bourne to Wellesley. For more information about the PMC, or to register to volunteer, visit pmc.org.

About the Pan-Mass Challenge

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. 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, log onto www.pmc.org.