Join the Pan-Mass Challenge in Celebrating its Heavy Hitters

Leading Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Physicians and Researchers to Share Impact of $45 Million Gift

WHAT: The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) will host an evening to celebrate the 2015 fundraising success of its Heavy Hitters, a group of high-achieving supporters that contributed to a record setting gift of $45 million to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This gift helped the PMC reach an astounding half-billion dollars raised for Dana-Farber since 1980. Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, president and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will join Billy Starr, PMC founder and executive director, for one of his last PMC events as President and CEO of Dana-Farber to share words of thanks to the PMC for the organization’s 37 years of support. 

Dr. Benz and Starr will be joined by some of Dana-Farber’s leading doctors and researchers who will share how the PMC’s valuable contributions are making a direct impact by funding state-of-the-art treatments and life-saving breakthroughs with the hope of one day eradicating cancer. Speakers will include: Ann Partridge, MD, founder and director of the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at Dana-Farber, Matthew Davids, MD, physician at the Hematologic Oncology center at Dana-Farber, Daniel DeAngelo, MD, director of Clinical and Translational Research, Adult Leukemia at Dana-Farber and David G. Nathan, MD, president emeritus of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and physician-in-chief emeritus of Boston Children’s Hospital.

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016

Media check-in begins at 7:15 p.m.

Speaking program begins at 8 p.m.  

WHERE: InterContinental Hotel, Boston

510 Atlantic Avenue

Boston, MA 02210 

Note: All media will require credentials to attend 


  • Remarks from Billy Starr, Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., Dr. Ann Partridge, Dr. Matthew Davids, Dr. Daniel DeAngelo and Dr. David Nathan
  • Photos and video of approximately 700 event attendees 

MEDIA CONTACT:Amanda Kelley,,C: 774-826-5391