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Read stories from Pan-Mass Challenge riders and volunteers about why they PMC, stay up to date on PMC news, learn about upcoming events and more!

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PMC Lifetime Fundraising Pushes Past 3/4 of $1 Billion

Aug 11, 2020 4:10:13 PM

As of today, Pan-Mass Challenge lifetime fundraising is now at 3/4 of $1 billion for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Why I PMC - Jeanne & Paul Craigie

Aug 11, 2020 12:17:10 PM

#WhyIPMC guest blog by Jeanne, 3-year Living Proof volunteer, and Paul Craigie, 8-year Living Proof rider, virtual rider and volunteer

"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness, it is your freedom." - James E. Starrs

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Why I PMC - Larry Sullivan

Jul 29, 2020 1:13:34 PM

#WhyIPMC guest blog by Larry Sullivan, 25-year Living Proof rider Team Patriots Platelet Pedalers

Much like the PMC, the participation of the Sullivan clan from central Massachusetts has grownimg_0235 significantly since 1980.  Their team started with two brothers riding in 1983 in memory of their father who passed in 1978 and in support of their mother who survived 30 years beyond her cancer diagnosis. Now cancer survivors themselves, brothers Tom Sullivan (38 year rider) and Larry Sullivan (25 year rider) have recruited at least a dozen family members as riders and volunteers. The current rider group includes Tom, Larry, sister Fran Sullivan (33 years), Fran’s significant other David Badeau (29 years) and Larry’s son-in-law, Ryan Walsh (6 years).  Other alumni riders from the Sullivan family include brother Denis and sisters Patie and Mary, making that six of seven siblings who have ridden and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the PMC. 

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Why I PMC - Lisa Bethune

Jul 22, 2020 7:22:26 PM

#WhyIPMC guest blog by Lisa Bethune, 1st-year rider

My family has put together a team to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge this year for the first time.Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 5.57.30 PM We are doing it in honor of my mother, who lost her fight against glioblastoma in December 2019. She was diagnosed a year ago in February 2019, I remember it as the day my life shattered into a thousand pieces. My mom had always been the glue that held our family together, our strong base of support, and my best friend. She had always been the most active and kind person, and I could not understand how this could happen to her. Following her initial surgery, I became committed to finding her the best care possible. I remember the feeling of hope that filled me the day I called Dana-Farber and Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 5.56.58 PMimmediately got an appointment with one of the leading neuro-oncologists in the field. And so began our 9 month journey. My mom showed so much grace and courage as she fought this devastating disease, even as she got weaker and weaker. She never gave up hope, and I know for certain that it was her care team at Dana-Farber that helped give her that strength and hope. She received the best possible care from her team at Dana-Farber. My mom always remarked on how nice and supportive everyone at Dana-Farber was, they were always available to answer any questions and always met us with a smile on their face. They truly cared about her as a person, not just as a patient. 

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PMC 2020 Reimagined: $41 Million Goal

Jul 21, 2020 12:46:15 PM

The Pan-Mass Challenge has announced a new fundraising goal for PMC 2020 Reimagined: $41 million for our 41st year. Achieving this goal will bring the PMC’s total contributions to more than three quarters of a billion dollars raised for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since 1980.

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How to Use the Bay State Physical Therapy Resistance Band in Your Rider Box

Jul 21, 2020 9:46:01 AM

Bay State Physical Therapy – the Official Physical Therapy Sponsor of the Pan-Mass Challenge for the third consecutive year – is providing all registered riders with a resistance band* in their PMC 2020 Reimagined rider box. (Rider boxes have shipped and will arrive this week, if you have not yet received your package!) This band can be used for strengthening exercises and stretches that target muscles used while cycling.

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