Dear PMC riders and volunteers,
Thank you for participating in the 43rd Pan-Mass Challenge! Whether you were out on the routes as a rider or volunteer, or rode on your own through PMC Reimagined, the energy and excitement was unmatched. Amidst what WBZ described in their Opening Ceremony weather forecast as “oppressive” humidity, you pedaled on and played a critical role in making this past weekend another fun, safe, and successful event—thank you.
I am proud to be a seven-year rider, and one of my favorite things to see out on the road is Dana-Farber faculty pedaling alongside their patients. The genuine bond that our doctors and nurses establish with patients and their families—that they are all on this cancer journey together—is reflected through the PMC and its mission. The unbreakable spirit of community and solidarity among our patients, providers, and supporters, continues to grow and expand every year thanks to the PMC.
The PMC’s impact is extraordinary, with 100% of every rider-raised dollar going directly to Dana-Farber and our efforts to forge scientific breakthroughs that translate into new, promising therapies for patients and families around the world. The PMC is the largest single donor to Dana-Farber, representing more than half of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.
The goal of the 43rd PMC is $66 million, which would bring the PMC’s lifetime giving to a tremendous $897 million since 1980. This year’s fundraising total will be announced in November, and I know this community has the drive and commitment to meet – or exceed – its ambitious goal.
As Dana-Farber commemorates 75 years of leading the world in life-changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care, we reflect on our one-of-a-kind partnership with the PMC, which has been so integral to our mission for more than half of our history. The PMC is bringing us closer by the mile toward a cancer-free future.
On behalf of all of us at Dana-Farber, thank you for your continued support and dedication to our shared mission. Because of you, Dana-Farber remains a steady source of hope and answers for our patients and their families—and for that, you will always have our deepest gratitude.
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD
President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School