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PMC Kids Rides Program

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, presented by the Yawkey Foundation 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. 

In 2021, the PMC Kids Rides program is Reimagining “Kids Helping Kids” as part of the PMC Kids Ride for Pedal Partners and will contribute to the PMC’s $56 million fundraising goal for 2021. A generous donor is matching all PMC Kids Rides donations this year, up to $800,000.

To date, the PMC Kids Ride Program has raised more than $10 million for the PMC, which has donated $767 million to Dana-Farber since 1980.

Kids Helping Kids – Fundraising

This year, PMC Kids Rides Reimagined riders have a $10 registration fee and a $40 fundraising commitment. Riders can raise money by requesting contributions from family members, friends and neighbors.

Each rider who raises $450 or more will be honored as a PMC Kids Ride Heavy Hitter and riders who raise more than $950 will be honored as a PMC Kids Breakaway Fundraiser. These riders will be recognized with a special PMC item and certificate in the Fall to distinguish their achievement.

100 percent of all rider-raised dollars go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2021, the Pan-Mass Challenge gift to Dana-Farber was $64 million, which the PMC Kids Ride fundraising contributed to. Every donation makes a difference! 

PMC Pedal Partners


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 Fiona Hannafin PMC Pedal Partner Program Coordinator.

Start a Ride in Your Town!

PMC Kids Rides can be held anywhere there are safe roads and kids with bikes! Planning a PMC Kids Ride is a fun and rewarding way to get your community involved in the PMC mission: finding a cure for cancer through athletic-based fundraising.

About the Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses Massachusetts.

Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers.

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 64 percent of the annual revenue at The Jimmy Fund®In 2021, the PMC gave $64 million to Dana-Farber, bringing its 42-year contribution to more than $831 million.

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About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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 and advocacy.

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PMC Impact

Since 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised $831 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Read about how the PMC's 2020 $50 million gift is making an impact.