Five cyclists to ride in Pan-Mass Challenge to help Dana Farber

Five area cyclists will be in the Pan-Mass Challenge in August to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. (Photo courtesy Pan-Mass Challenge)

NEEDHAM, Mass. – Five local residents will cycle up to 192 miles in the upcoming Pan-Mass Challenge, which is aiming to raise $48 million for critical research and cancer care at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Avon’s Eric Rosow, Gregg Morris and Rachael Rosow are scheduled to ride along with Canton’s Michael McAvoy and Collinsville’s Robert Young. They will be among more than 6,200 cyclists from 40 states and eight countries to participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge on August 4-5.

Riders will choose 12 routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns. Cyclists are anywhere between the age of 15 and 84 and range from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors who trained for this event alone and everything in between. This is the 38th year of the event.

Many riders participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer. More than 600 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients, considered “Living Proof” of the Pan-Mass Challenge mission to find a cure. The average cyclist trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors and raises more than $7,000.

Thousands at the start of last year’s Pan-Mass Challenge fundraiser in Deedham. (Photo courtesy Pan-Mass Challenge)

Since 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised $547 million dollars for Dana-Farber through the Jimmy Fund, its fundraising arm. In fact, the PMC is Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor, raising more than 52 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.

To make a financial contribution to a rider from your town or become a virtual rider, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE.

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