It was a record breaking night for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge and The Jimmy Fund.
With several hundred PMCers gathered at Harvard Medical School, PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr presented a whopping $35 million gift to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. That’s $2 million more than last year.
This gift is also the largest single contribution ever made to the Jimmy Fund.
Congratulations to all PMCers – 100 percent of every dollar you raised went directly to the Jimmy Fund.
At tonight’s event featured Dr. Howard Shapiro, a cancer researcher, cancer survivor and PMCer, who brought the crowd to its feet with humorous and poignant tale of how he came to ride in his first Pan-Mass Challenge this year. Later, with the help of three young PMC kid rides experts from Needham, Billy Starr announced the $35 million donation.
This money comes from the 5,232 cyclists who rode up to 190 miles this summer. Riders came to Massachusetts from 36 states and eight countries. The total donation also includes some $750,000 raised by children during the PMC Kids Rides, an ever-growing program that has expanded to New York, New Jersey and Maryland.
And even better – more than 90 percent of PMCers raised more money than required. A true testament to your commitment to this cause.
And let’s not forget the 2,800 volunteers who make it possible for all that money to go directly to the Jimmy Fund. Thank you!
So, over the past 29 years, the PMC has donated more than $239 million to the Jimmy Fund. That’s money that has made a world of difference in cancer care, research and treatment.
Read the full press release at pmc.org.
Are you ready for next year? The 30th annual PMC is set for August 1 and 2, 2009. Registration opens online on January 12th for alumni and January 20th for newcomers. For more information about the Pan-Mass Challenge visit http://www.pmc.org.