The Andover Townsman
---- — More than 50 Andover residents will be among the 5,500 cyclists participating in the 34th annual Pan-Mass Challenge Aug. 3 and 4. This year’s charity bike-a-thon aims to raise $38 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston through the Jimmy Fund.
PMC riders range in age from 13 to 88 and hail from 36 states and eight countries. Some are seasoned athletes while others are weekend warriors training for their first event. Many PMC participants ride in honor of a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer. All share a passion and desire to one day find a cure for the disease.
The average PMC cyclist raises more than $6,000. They can choose from 11 routes ranging from 25 to 190 miles through numerous communities over one or two days.
This year’s PMC participants from Andover include:
Stephen Anderson, Gerry Callahan, Chip Carter, James Crockett, Heather Dennehy, Joseph Digiammo, John Drake, Dan Farrell, Meaghan Farrell, Sue Farrell, Barry Finegold, John Furry, Terese Furry, Brian Galluzzo, Joe Galluzzo, Erika Gaudreau, Kyle Geiselman, James Gillis, Greg Gryllakis, Bill Hamilton, Joe Hartnett, Jennifer Hayes, Susan Holzman, Brigid Hurley, Ben Kellman, Brian Logee, Jim Mccurdy, Kevin McGovern, Michael McGovern, Mary O’Donoghue, Don Olson, Norman Papazian, Dave Pattison, Jerry Pendleton, Sarah Pendleton, Brian Porter, Scott Richardson, Scott Rizza, Martha Russell, Gary Ryan, Edward Sheehan, Michael Shneer, Adam Simms, Kevin Smithson, Evan Teplow, Dennis Vecchi, Jeffrey Wakelin, Allison Washkurak, Isabelle Washkurak, Christopher Zigmont and Katherine Zigmont.
Since 1980, the PMC has raised $375 million for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, with 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar going to the cause. The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation and the New Balance Foundation.
To become a virtual rider, or make a financial contribution to a local rider, visit www.pmc.org, or call 800-WE-CYCLE (932-9253). Checks can be made payable to PMC, 77 Fourth Ave., Needham 02494.