Williams softball head coach Kris Herman will help raise funds and awareness to help battle cancer by participating in the 2012 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, an annual two-day bike-a-thon that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts. The Pan-Mass Challenge is a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry and raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country.
Since 1980, PMC has since raised $270 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC is a model of fundraising efficiency. In 2011, for the fifth consecutive year, the PMC donated 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause.
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The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge generates more than half of the Jimmy Fund's annual revenue and it is Dana-Farber's single largest contributor. Over 250,000 individual contributions were made to last year's fundraising campaign.
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts. More than 5,000 cyclists are expected to ride this year. Cyclists choose from 10 routes of varying mileage designed to cater to all levels of cycling strength and time availability. Two-day rides include the original 190-mile Sturbridge to Provincetown route; 180-mile Sturbridge-Bourne-Wellesley route; 163-mile Wellesley-Bourne-Provincetown route; the 153-mile Wellesley-Bourne-Wellesley route; the 157-mile Sturbridge-Bourne-Wellesley-Wellesley and the 131-mile Wellesley-Bourne-Wellesley-Wellesley.
The 33st annual PMC will be held Aug. 4-5. It will begin on Aug. 3 with an opening ceremony that will be televised live on CBS.
Cyclists will travel from 36 states and eight countries to ride in the 2012 PMC. More than 300 riders will be cancer survivors or current patients. Many PMC participants ride in honor of a family member or friend fighting the disease.
During PMC weekend and throughout the year, 3,000 volunteers donate their time and 200 corporations provide in-kind donations of products or services.
The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event's executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser. It is presented by the Red Sox Foundation.