The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is an annual bike-a-thon and a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry that today raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country. The organization was founded in 1980 and has since raised $338 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC is a model of fundraising efficiency. The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. In 2011, the PMC generated 60 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and it was Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. Over 230,000 individual contributions were made to last year’s fundraising campaign. Aug. 4 and 5, 2012, PMC cyclists will ride with the goal of raising $36 million for Dana-Farber.
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Jackie says her life changed for the better and in the most amazing ways in 2002, when the Jimmy Fund asked her to lead the PMC publicity team. “Since then, the event, the organization, and the people who make it all happen have become so much a part of my personal and professional life, it’s hard to recall what life was like before I became a PMCer. I remember standing on the green at MMA on my first PMC weekend and being completely in awe of all that was going on around me and feeling so blessed to be a part of it all. It’s been a pleasure meeting and working with so many cyclists and volunteers who give of themselves in so many ways to make the PMC the success that it is. Being a member of the PMC Head Staff is something I absolutely cherish. The people are all so smart and committed, each one is a role model is a different way. What’s most amazing to me, is that after 11 years, I’m as thrilled and honored to be on the PMC team as I was when it was all new – maybe even more so.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea, another PMC veteran, says her favorite part of PMC weekend is when the last rider comes through the Babson finish. “The road crew drives behind the last rider honking, cheering and flashing their lights as the cyclist makes his or her way into campus. Everyone drops what they are doing to come out and cheer. It’s emotional. The volunteer crew makes certain the last rider is just as pampered as the first with a juicy burger, cold drink, and a refreshing shower.” email@example.com
Katie’s favorite part of PMC weekend is spending time in the pedal partner tent and watching the faces of the kids when they meet up with their teams. Katie has worked on the PMC since 2007, lending her talents to the ever growing PMC Kids Rides program. firstname.lastname@example.org