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The PMC Podcast

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The PMC Podcast

Introducing The PMC Podcast – Launched March 2020

PMC Podcast Logo copyThis podcast discusses all things PMC.

The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. 

Support the show and donate to the PMC.

Season 1 / Episode 6 – It's All About Hope

May 21, 2020 • It's All About Hope


While the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with support from the Pan-Mass Challenge, has made tremendous strides towards treating cancers, it is estimated that approximately 1.8 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020*.

Director of Stewardship and Liaison to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Meredith Beaton Starr, shares how the PMC connects riders and members of their extended community to resources at DFCI – providing not just help, but also hope.

Season 1 / Episode 5 – Telling a Story With Lisa Hughes

May 6, 2020 • Telling a Story With Lisa Hughes


Before WBZ-TV became the PMC's official media partner, news anchor Lisa Hughes was a new rider considering if she would be able to finish her first PMC (broken arm and all). Now in her 10th year, Lisa has raised nearly $100,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is one of the amazing team at WBZ helping tell the PMC's story. She shares what she and her colleagues look for when deciding on stories to feature, and how each is a touchstone for her, providing inspiration for her training and fundraising.

Season 1 / Episode 4 – Living Proof
April 22, 2020 • PMC Living Proof®

In this episode, Kristin Brandt and Bill Alfano speak with 15-year Living Proof rider Carie Capossela of Team Carie's Crew about what it means to be part of the PMC Living Proof community and some memorable moments from past PMCs, including a truly special moment with another Living Proof rider during a very soggy PMC 2018.

The PMC Living Proof® community is made up of riders and volunteers who are undergoing cancer treatment or were previously treated – Living Proof of the progress made in supporting cancer research and treatment.

Living Proof riders and volunteers are celebrated during PMC weekend at Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne on Saturday and at Babson College in Wellesley on Sunday.

In 2019, more than 960 Living Proof riders and volunteers participated in the PMC.

Season 1 / Episode 3 – What the Heck is a DAF?
April 10, 2020 • What the Heck Is a DAF?

IMG_5590To alleviate some of the financial pressure that many people are experiencing due to COVID-19, the Pan-Mass Challenge announced that it would not enforce the fundraising minimums for the first time in the ride's history. PMC Chief Financial Officer Michele Sommer joins Kristin and Bill to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on charitable organizations, and how people are using money that's already in Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) to support their favorite charities.

Learn more about the PMC's use of DAFs and all the ways to give to the PMC.

Thank you to our sponsor Sundin Sports Marketing - Putting Your Ideas Into Action.

Special thank you to Joe Zarbano for production assistance. 

Photo: PMC CFO Michele Sommer and her husband Chet Geschickter, 24-year PMC rider, during PMC 2019.

Season 1 / Episode 2 – The Play Lady

March 24, 2020 • The Play Lady (Jimmy Fund Clinic)

In this episode, Kristin and Bill are joined by Lisa Scherber,  (The Play Lady) Director of Patient and Family Programs at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic. We discuss the Jimmy Fund Clinic, Pedal Partner Program and connection to the PMC, as well as what is it like when a family gets a cancer diagnosis and shows up at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Thank you to our sponsor Sundin Sports Marketing - Putting Your Ideas Into Action.

Special thank you to Joe Zarbano for production assistance. 

Season 1 / Episode 1 – PMC Kids Rides

March 10, 2020 • Kristin Sundin Brandt and Bill Alfano


In this episode, Kristin and Bill are joined by Justine Darmanian, Manager of Kids Rides and Volunteer Operations. We discuss the PMC Kids Rides program – the riders, volunteers, donors, sponsors along with the impact from the ride and how to get involved.

Thank you to our sponsor Sundin Sports Marketing - Putting Your Ideas Into Action.

Special thank you to Joe Zarbano for overseeing editing and production.

Where to Listen

Listen to The PMC Podcast anywhere you can get podcasts!