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Locals will participate to raise funds for life-saving cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Particpants include include residents of Auburn, Brimfield, Brookfield, West Brookfield, Charlton, Dudley, Holland, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Wales, and Webster

SOUTHERN WORCESTER COUNTY – On Saturday, August 1, more than 10,000 participants, including a total of 62 participants from Auburn, Brimfield, Brookfield, West Brookfield, Charlton, Dudley, Holland, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Wales, and Webster, will virtually take part in the re-imagined 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of raising critical funds for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber). Participants from these towns, the primary coverage area for The Citizen Chronicle, are listed below.

The organization’s traditional ride, which typically includes 12 routes spanning 25 to 192 miles over the first weekend of every August, will be transformed into a virtual experience on Saturday, August 1, 2020, following an Opening Ceremonies television broadcast to kick things off on Friday, July 31. PMC 2020 Reimagined will remotely bring together thousands of riders, volunteers, donors and supporters from around the globe to virtually celebrate the spirit of PMC weekend while making an unparalleled impact on the fight against cancer. Many participate to honor a family member or friend who has battled cancer, while more than 940 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves—considered Living Proof® of the progress made in cancer research and treatment.

“As we prepare for PMC 2020 Reimagined, we are grateful for 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 can continue to make tangible impact on advancements in cancer research and treatment, even through this difficult time. We look forward to having old and new participants join us on August 1, bound together by our dream of a world without cancer.”

While this year’s PMC will be different in its execution, the organization and its community remains fully committed to its fundraising efforts in support of life-saving cancer research, treatment and care at Dana-Farber. One hundred percent of every rider-raised dollar is donated directly to Dana-Farber through the its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund, accounting for more than 57 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue In 2019, the PMC donated a record-breaking $63 million to Dana-Farber, bringing it’s 40-year contribution to more than $717 million. 

The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation®. To make a financial contribution to a rider from your town or to become a virtual rider, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2020 #PMCReimagined on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Thank you to the following participants:

Auburn (9):

  • Christopher Bolduc
  • Derek Burke
  • William Kropp
  • Tom Landry
  • David Ljunggren
  • Robert Lucas
  • Abigail Lucas
  • Denise Mahoney
  • Scott Taylor

Brimfield (3):

  • Michael Beckerdite
  • Michael Schermerhorn
  • Cynthia Schermerhorn

Brookfield (5):

  • Susan Brogan
  • Liisa Holm
  • David Holm
  • Jason Szczypien
  • Mathew Way

West Brookfield (4):

  • David Balducci
  • Mai Grover
  • Dennis Martin
  • Jessica Piwowarski

Charlton (7):

  • Jody Bachand
  • Phil Cyr
  • Richard Godzik
  • Randy Larson
  • Robert Martin
  • Alan Turner
  • Ed White

Dudley (10):

  • Mike Allain
  • Kimberly Aucoin
  • Sean Bowes
  • Bailey Bowes
  • Brooke Bowes
  • Darcy Costa
  • Bruce Dodge
  • John Glowacki
  • Debra Scott
  • Kenneth Sellers

Holland (1):

  • Marty Maketansky

Southbridge (2):

  • Charice Kalis
  • Steven Stella

Sturbridge (16):

  • Connor Rich
  • Denise Agentowicz
  • Richard Bamberger
  • Michael Bellezza
  • Mary Bellezza
  • Chris Bouchard
  • John Bright
  • Timothy Langevin
  • Bill McGee
  • Sarah McGee
  • David Michener
  • Kyle Renaud
  • Shawn Rich
  • Evan Selvey
  • Steven Sexton
  • Paul Wengender

Wales (1):

  • Christina Lloyd

Webster (4):

  • Gary Boggs
  • Dina Kujawski
  • Ron Stokowski
  • Brenda Williams

About the Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The 41st PMC will take place on August 1, 2020. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $717 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause, generating 57% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue as Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors, all of which are essential to the PMC’s goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. The PMC’s hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, visit www.pmc.org.

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