Pan-Mass Challenge announces record-setting $45 million gift to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing 36-year fundraising total to a half-billion dollars

Pan-Mass Challenge announces record-setting $45 million gift to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing 36-year fundraising total to a half-billion dollars 

NEEDHAM, Mass. (November 14, 2015) – The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) today announced a $45 million gift to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing the PMC’s 36-year fundraising total to a half-billion dollars. The PMC is Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor, raising more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and the $500 million fundraising total is the most ever raised by a single athletic fundraising event.  

The record gift was raised by 6,000 cyclists, including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who participated in one of the PMC’s twelve routes on Aug. 1 and 2, 2015, ranging from Sturbridge to Provincetown, Babson to Bourne and Babson to Patriot Place, among others. The 2015 PMC attracted riders and volunteers from 41 states and five countries, 600 of whom are cancer survivors or current patients. Cyclists commit to raising between $500 and $5,000, 100 percent of which goes directly to Dana-Farber.  “Each year, the PMC community impresses us tenfold with their passion, tenacity and ability to rally others in support of such an important cause,” said PMC Founder and Executive Director, Billy Starr. “When I started the PMC, a half-billion dollars generated by a bike-a-thon was unimaginable. It is truly remarkable. All riders, volunteers, sponsors and donors have a lot to be proud of for  moving cancer research and treatment forward significantly – and faster than would have been possible without their efforts.”

“We are very grateful for the PMC’s unparalleled support and ability to continuously raise the bar with every ride weekend,” said Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer, Dana-Farber. “The PMC makes it possible, through their generous contributions, for Dana-Farber to develop innovative new research and provide specialized patient care. The impact of these investments is visible every day at Dana-Farber, in our labs and in our clinics. The PMC has made, and will continue to make, possible very tangible, lasting progress for our patients and the cancer community worldwide.” 

The PMC started in 1980 when Starr and 35 of his friends rode across Massachusetts and raised $10,200 for cancer research. It is recognized as the pioneering event that connected athleticism to charitable fundraising. Today, athletic fundraising events annually raise more than $4 billion, funding crucial programs at health and human service organizations nationwide. 

The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation and the New Balance Foundation. Another 200 companies support the event by providing more than $4 million in goods and services each year. During PMC weekend and throughout the year, more than 4,000 volunteers donate their time to support the organization. To make a financial contribution, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2015 on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and LinkedIn.

About the Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raised more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. 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 $500 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. The PMC generates more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and is Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. 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  

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

From achieving the first remissions in cancer with chemotherapy in 1948, to developing the very latest new therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is one of the world’s leading centers of cancer research and treatment.  It is the only center ranked in the top 4 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for both adult and pediatric cancer care.  

Dana-Farber sits at the center of a wide range of collaborative efforts to reduce the burden of cancer through scientific inquiry, clinical care, education, community engagement, and advocacy.  Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center provides the latest in cancer care for adults; Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for children. The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center unites the cancer research efforts of five Harvard academic medical centers and two graduate schools, while Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care provides high quality cancer treatment in communities outside Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.   

Dana-Farber is dedicated to a unique 50/50 balance between cancer research and care, and much of the Institute’s work is dedicated to translating the results of its discovery into new treatments for patients locally, and around the world.   

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