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The Impact of PMC Funds on Dana-Farber's Progress - Dr. Laurie Glimcher

Published Date:   January 09, 2018

Topic:   Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Impact of PMC Funds on Dana-Farber’s Progress 

Dear PMCers,  

It is a pleasure to share updates on how your hard work and commitment enables exceptional progress at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Last year, your 38th ride raised an unbelievable $51 million to strengthen our shared mission—congratulations on another record-breaking year! It is endlessly inspiring to see the PMC establish ambitious goals and then exceed them year after year. These achievements are possible thanks to the incredible team of riders, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers that always rise to the challenge. Your efforts motivate and empower my colleagues and me to be equally bold and determined as we strive to better understand the drivers of cancer and reduce its burden. 

Everyone connected to Dana-Farber is deeply grateful for your extraordinary partnership, which continues to raise more money for charity than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $598 million to advance the Institute’s lifesaving mission. This staggering amount demonstrates the integral role that the PMC plays in every step forward we take—every discovery, every new treatment, every milestone. Dana-Farber relies on this consistent financial support to take strategic risks and pursue pioneering research that benefits patients in New England, across the country, and around the world. 

I was honored to participate in the PMC for the second time in 2017 and to ride alongside some of Dana-Farber’s most passionate and dedicated supporters.  

Together, I have every confidence that we will continue to break new ground in cancer science and address the most intractable challenges in cancer medicine. I am thrilled to share several 2017 highlights made possible by the PMC: 

Leading the Way in ResearchThanks to the PMC, physician-scientists at Dana-Farber have access to the flexible funds needed to conduct truly innovative research. Over the past year, our premier faculty members built on recent revolutions in cancer science to identify previously unknown drivers of disease and develop promising novel drugs and treatment approaches.  

Thanks to the unstoppable PMC community, there are many more advancements in the works and on the road ahead. The hurdles that cancer presents can feel hundreds of miles long, but PMC riders know that with great focus, grit, and the motivation of a shared finish line, obstacles can be overcome. Please know how truly grateful I am to have persistent allies like you at my side as we strive to better treat and support every patient.    


Laurie Glimcher
President and CEO 
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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