Next month's Pan-Mass Challenge that raises money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute features over 6,200 cyclists and about 40 of them are from Andover.
Overall, cyclists from more than 40 states and seven countries will cycle up to 192 miles in the PMC with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Riders include everyone from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors and range in age from 15 to 84. Many ride to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for cancer, and more than 850 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves.
The PMC, held Aug. 4 to 6, offers 12 different routes, varying in mileage and difficulty, that pass through 46 towns across the Commonwealth, with starting lines in Sturbridge, Wellesley and Bourne. Cyclists are required to raise between $600 and $8,000, depending on the chosen route. The average cyclist raises more than $7,000. Volunteers, spectators, donors and sponsors are also part of the camaraderie on ride weekend, all working together in hopes of one day eradicating cancer.
“After surpassing our goal and raising $51 million for Dana-Farber last year, we are excited to keep the momentum going as we approach our 39th PMC ride,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “We are continuously humbled by the dedication and generosity of our riders, volunteers, donors, sponsors and community members."
The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber through its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund, and is Dana Farber's largest, single contributor, raising more than 53 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. In 2017, the PMC gave a record gift of $51 million to Dana-Farber, bringing its contribution to a total of more than $598 million since its inception in 1980.
The participants from Andover are: David Barbie, Robert Bramanti, Nancy Buckley, Ed Clausen, Josiah Clisby, John Denison, John Drake, Frank Fang, Kate Fergus, John Furry, Suzanne George, Greg Gryllakis, Bill Hamilton, William Hamilton, Joe Hartnett, Susan Holzman, Brian Hussey, Peter Jensen, Ben Kellman, Kenneth LaRose, Brian Logee, Kirk MacNaught, Jim McCurdy, Kevin McGovern, Mike Monteiro, Jerry Pendleton, Gerry Pouliot, Scott Richardson, Lauren Rushton, Peter Rushton, Gary Ryan, Sheila Serrao, Eddie Sheehan, Adam Simms, Kevin Smithson, Greg Spurr, Janice Sylvester, Evan Teplow, Lewis Venezia, Jeffrey Wakelin, Kathleen Williamson, Christopher Zigmont and Katherine Zigmont.