In the fall of 2012, Pat Morris, 59, of Gloucester, Mass. with her husband, Russell's full support, decided to start training for her first Pan-Mass Challenge. They started the adventure with an old mountain bike they shared. Having been diagnosed years prior with toxoplasmosis, an infectious disease caused by a parasite typically transmitted through undercooked meat or soil, Russell often experienced blurred vision and fatigue.
At the age of 78, Winslow Green, of Bolton, Mass., is one of the oldest and most dedicated participants in the Pan-Mass Challenge. As a retired surgeon and cycling enthusiast, Green has ridden in the annual bike-a-thon eight times and consistently achieves PMC Heavy Hitter fundraising status. A Heavy Hitter is a rider who raises $6,900 or more. For Green, there is nothing like riding a bicycle.
Safe to say that this past Saturday put the capital "C" in Pan-Mass Challenge. This year's edition grabs the gold ring as the "coldest sustained rain" in our 35-year history. While the conditions may have tasked individual will (particularly those without rain gear), the lasting memory I will take from this past weekend is the spirit and pride of this amazing community!
Nine years ago, StevenSchatzkin, 55, of Tyngsboro, Mass., had one goal in mind, to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge. This year marks his sixth ride, ninth year supporting the cause, and Schatzkin has no plans to hit the brakes.
As a Cape Cod resident, Chris Ross, 42, has always been familiar with the Pan-Mass Challenge. In 2009, Ross, of Eastham, Mass., signed up for his first ride in the annual bike-a-thon, in memory of Daniel Clow, his father-in-law who had recently succumbed to liver cancer.
In 1994 and 1995, Shayna Silva, now 29, of Pelham, N.H., watched her father, David, now 58, cross the finish line for the Pan-Mass Challenge. She was in awe of the sea of riders and their commitment to raise money to help fight cancer and was empowered by the energy she felt from spectators and volunteers from the sidelines. David then retired from the event as a cyclist to become a PMC volunteer.
Looking for a great way to boost your fundraising? Matching gifts and grants are a fantastic way to do that! Last year, the PMC received over $1.5 million in matching funds, which made up a noticeable portion of our $39 million gift to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them!