Forty-two Dorchester residents will be among more than 10,000 riders participating in this year’s reimagined 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), the annual bike-a-thon that raises funds for cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The challenge will be transformed into a virtual experience that will take place on Sat., Aug 1, following an opening ceremony on July 31 that will be broadcast on television.
“Virtual Riders” in this year’s event can plan their own long-distance route, log miles over time, or simply make a donation without ever getting on a bike.
Of the participants each year, many are cancer survivors or current patients, while others join to honor family member or friend who has battled the disease.
“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.”
The PMC is critical to Dana-Farber’s fundraising efforts: 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to the organization, with last year’s PMC event raising $63 million for Dana-Farber, accounting for over half of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.
The following Dorchester residents are set to participate in this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge: Ryan Bickerton, Eric Bucca, Holden French, Paul McEachern, Scott Rothwell, Bill Torney, Jody Adams, Matthew Allen, Courtney Boli, Kevin Boya, Michael Christopher, Briana Colantonio, Kevin Dowd and Clementine Dulieu.
Also, Michael Ferraro, Megan Ferro, Cory Finn, John FitzGerald, Michael Fradette, Paul Golden, Dennis Harrison, John Hennessey, Rhye Hutchinson, Olivia Irving, Anthony Magliozzi, Jacqueline Magliozzi, Michael McColgan, Kathleen McElhiney, Alessia Mondlane, Michelle Phinney, Molly Pomroy, Gerald Powers, Phillip Reason, Terrence Riley, Gene Roundtree, Emily Rusk, Spencer Scott,
Constance Stergiou, Joseph Tack, Brendan Taylor, Ian Vieira, and Drew Wallace.
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 pmc.org or call (800) WE-CYCLE.