33 Andover residents to pedal Pan-Mass Challenge

Courtesy photoThirty-three Andover residents will be among more than 6,700 riders cycling up to 192 miles in the 40th Pan-Mass Challenge on Aug. 3 and 4, with the goal of raising $60 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

As Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston aims to raise $60 million for life-saving cancer research and patient care, thousands of bike riders are taking part in the hospital's Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money. Thirty-three riders are from Andover.

On Aug. 3 and 4, more than 6,700 bicyclists will pedal up to 192 miles in the PMC. Cyclists from 43 states and 12 countries are expected to convene in Massachusetts to participate, taking on one of 12 routes. Those routes will pass through 47 towns and range from 25 to 192 miles, designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising ability.

Riders range in age from 13 to 88 and include everyone from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors. Many ride to honor a family member or friend who has battled cancer. More than 950 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves - considered living proof of the progress made in cancer research and treatment.

Participants are required to raise between $600 and $8,500, depending on their chosen route, though the average cyclist raises more than $8,825. Volunteers, spectators, donors and sponsors are also part of the camaraderie on ride weekend, all working together to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

“As we prepare for our 40th PMC, we are humbled by the continued support from our growing community,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “It is thanks to the unwavering passion and commitment of our riders, volunteers, donors and sponsors that the PMC has been able to make such a tangible impact on advancements in cancer research and treatment since 1980.”

If the PMC reaches its 2019 fundraising goal of $60 million, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne, a cancer survivor and PMC rider, has committed to donate an additional $1 million to the cause.

One hundred percent of every rider-raised dollar is donated directly to Dana-Farber through its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund. The PMC is Dana Farber's largest, single contributor, accounting for more than 55 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. In 2018, the PMC donated an unprecedented $56 million to Dana-Farber, bringing its 39-year contribution to more than $654 million.

The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation and New Balance. To make a financial contribution to a rider from your hometown or become a virtual rider, visit www.pmc.org,or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2019 #PMC40 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagramand LinkedIn.

The PMC riders from Andover are:

David Barbie, Nancy Buckley, Josiah Clisby, Jennifer Divincenzo, John Drake, Frank Fang, Terese Furry, Domenic Giammarco, Bill Hamilton, William Hamilton, Joe Hartnett, Susan Holzman, Peter Jensen, Ben Kellman, Brian Logee, Kirk MacNaught, Jim McCurdy, Mike Monteiro, Jerry Pendleton, Gerry Pouliot, Scott Richardson, Peter Rushton, Lauren Rushton, Martha Russell, Gary Ryan, Eddie Sheehan, Adam Simms, Janice Sylvester, Yvonne Van Gessel, Lewis Venezia, Jeffrey Wakelin, Katherine Zigmont and Christopher Zigmont. 

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