Next week, RailRiders Founder & CEO John d’Arbeloff will ride the 36th annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with his daughter Margaux. The annual fundraiser is a 192-mile bike route from Sturbridge to Provincetown, doable in sections, for the express purpose of raising as much money for cancer research as possible. John lost both of his parents to cancer and has raised over $6,000 both years towards his ride.
The Pan-Mass Challenge was started by Billy Starr in 1980 as an endurance challenge with a cause. By 1990, it was the largest cycling fundraiser in the world and the primary fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund, New England’s most popular charity. 36 years later, the PMC has over 5,500 riders from 36 states and eight countries annually and has grossed a total of $455 million for cancer research, including $41 million just last year. Most importantly, 100% of every rider raised dollar goes directly to cancer research.
Today, the PMC generates more than half of the Jimmy Fund’s annual contributions and is Dana Farber’s single largest contributor. It is run by over 3,000 volunteers who graciously work hard to help put on the event with minimal cost – allowing the maximum to go towards the cause. Dana Farber President Edward J Benz said in 2006 “When they write the history of how cancer was conquered, the PMC will be in chapter one.”
As we continue to try to find a cure for cancer, events like the Pan-Mass Challenge generate important contributions that can help move research forward. There is a good reason the Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber, and others have presented the PMC with lifetime achievement awards for fundraising!
This year marks the 15th anniversary of John’s mother’s death, and the 30th of his father. He is trying to reach his goal of $10,000 raised. You can support him and the PMC by donating to his campaign here: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TD0156
All information taken from www.pmc.org, visit the official site for more information.