PMC Kids Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge mission raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The program engages youth in philanthropy, instills the value of working for the benefit of others, and promotes athletic fitness and physical activity.
The PMC Kids Rides Program offers children, parents, and neighbors an opportunity to work together to create individual bike-a-thons in neighborhoods, at schools, or in business complexes. These rides enable children between the ages of 2 and 15 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research.
To date, the PMC Kids Ride Program has raised more than $10 million for the PMC, which has donated $717 million to Dana-Farber since 1980. In 2019, PMC Kids Rides raised $1 million as part of the organization's fundraising gift of $63 million.
PMC Kids Rides participants have a fundraising commitment starting at $35 (varies by ride) and are asked to raise money by requesting contributions from family members, friends
Each rider who raises $350 or more will be honored as a PMC Kids Ride Heavy Hitter and each rider who raises more than $900 will be honored as a PMC Kids Breakaway Fundraiser. Both PMC Kids Heavy Hitters and Breakaway Fundraisers will be recognized with a special PMC item and certificate to distinguish their achievement.
In 2019, PMC Kids Ride Program fundraising total was $1 million and 100 percent of all rider-raised go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Every donation makes a difference!
The 2020 PMC Kids Rides Program fundraising goal is $1.2 million.
The PMC Pedal Partner Program is a wonderful way for riders to connect with a child who has been affected by cancer. PMC Pedal Partners are pediatric oncology patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic who are paired with PMC Kids Rides or PMC teams.
If you know a child in treatment at the Jimmy Fund who is interested in being a PMC Pedal Partner for a PMC Kids Ride, please contact Susan Doucet PMC Pedal Partner Program Coordinator.
PMC Kids Rides can be held anywhere there are safe roads and kids with bikes. For information, or to start a PMC Kids Ride in your town click here to email your request, or call 1-800-We-Cycle.
The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-
Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors
The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber and is the institute’s largest single contributor, raising more than 55 percent of the annual revenue at The Jimmy Fund®. In 2019, the PMC gave a record gift of $63 million to Dana-Farber, the largest ever donated to the institute by an organization, bringing its 40-year contribution to more than $717 million.
The 2020 PMC will be August 1 and 2.
The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.
As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to our target community across the United States and throughout the world. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's ultimate goal is the eradication of cancer, AIDS, and related diseases and the fear that they engender. Above all else, Dana-Farber makes a difference by relieving the burden of disease now and for the future through our research, clinical care, education, outreach
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Since 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised $654 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Read about how the PMC's 2018 $56 million
For four decades, you have taken us on an amazing ride! Since 1980, the PMC’s partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has generated a staggering $654 million to foster adult and pediatric patient care and research at the Institute. So, it is fitting that this year’s 40th anniversary is represented by the ruby, a gemstone that symbolizes eternal commitment. A special thanks to Billy Starr and everyone on the Pan-Mass Challenge team for your tireless efforts, organizing and contributing to this amazing feat year after year.
Your unshakeable dedication in 2018 led to another record-breaking year for the PMC, when you raised $56 million to further strengthen our shared goals. Congratulations to all of you — 6,345 riders, including hundreds of cyclists who are cancer survivors or current patients, as well as volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and staffers. I was thrilled to take part in my third Pan-Mass Challenge last year, and to meet many of you along the way. On behalf of our patients and families, thank you for your Herculean tour de force!