PMC Day at Fenway Park, Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pan-Mass Challenge cancer survivors to ride in Survivor Parade at Fenway Park

WHAT: PMC Day at Fenway Park will celebrate the 36th Pan-Mass Challenge and the Red Sox Foundation’s 13th year as the event’s presenting sponsor. A group of 30 Living Proof® riders, all of which are cancer survivors, will ride their bikes in a special parade around the outfield to reveal this year’s PMC logo on the famed Green Monster. Pedal Partners, pediatric cancer patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DCFI) who receive state-of-the-art care as a result of the funds raised by the PMC, will act as bat boys and girls and read the batting order during the seventh inning.  

On Aug. 1 and 2, more than 5,800 cyclists will join the PMC, riding up to 192 miles with the goal of raising $45 million for the Jimmy Fund, bringing the PMC’s 35-year fundraising total to a half billion dollars.  

WHO:Christopher Thomas of Canton, a five-year PMC rider,will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to honor his father, Paul “Bud” Thomas, who lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2010. Chris will be joined on the mound by his family of PMC riders; his aunt Kristin Sareault of Sandwich, aseven-year PMC rider, and his cousins Timothy (9) and Hannah (7), PMC Kids Rides participants.  

Andrew Garland of Kingston, an 18-year PMC rider and professional opera singer, will sing the national anthem.  Andrew rides for his father, a PMC veteran, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014 and has been receiving treatment at Dana-Farber. 

Siblings Luke (10) and Ella (7) Campbell of Exeter, NH, will serve as bat boy and girl respectively. Ella was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) exactly one-year ago and is a Pedal Partner of Team Pokey’s Hope. Ella has been in remission since the end of last July and will finish out her treatment at DFCI in August. The spunky seven-year-old is looking forward to starting second grade this fall and hopes to dance, play soccer, ski and play a lot more with her best friend, big brother Luke, once she’s back on her feet.  

Janesa Negron (14) of Manchester, NH will serve as the Play Ball Kid on Saturday. Janessa was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in December 2012. After a long journey, the 14-year-old finished her final cycle of chemotherapy this spring. Now in the ninth grade, Janesa continues to cheerlead, loves playing the piano and hanging out with her four sisters. Her family is incredibly thankful for the care that she has received at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 6

3:00 p.m. pre-game ceremonies begin: PMC Living Proof Riders Survivor Parade, National Anthem, first pitch

4:05 p.m. Red Sox v. Athletics 

WHERE:Fenway Park

Media enter through Gate D n on Yawkey Way – contact Jessica (details below) by June 4 for credentials 

 

 

VISUALS AND INTERVIEWS

  • Photos/video of PMC Living Proof Survivor Parade, first pitch and “Little Stars”
  • Interviews with Billy Starr, PMC founder and executive director, PMC cyclists
  • Interviews with Living Proof survivors 

 

For interviews/photos, contact: Jessica Benjamin, jbenjamin@conecomm.com, C: 508-245-4566