, Newburyport, MA

December 7, 2012

Local riders help raise $37 million for Jimmy Fund

Newburyport Daily News

---- — The 2012 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) raised $37 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.

The 2012 fundraising total is $2 million more than the PMC gave in 2011 and brings its 33-year Jimmy Fund contribution to $375 million. The PMC is the most successful single athletic fundraising event in the United States and it raises more money for charity than any other such event. The contribution represents 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar.

“PMCers are committed to our event and to raising money for cancer research,” PMC founder and executive director Billy Starr said. “Their efforts fund Dana-Farber research and treatment that help millions around the globe.”

Last August, 5,234 cyclists from nine countries and 36 states rode one of 11 routes that ranged from 25 to 190 miles. Riders ranged from cancer survivors and current cancer patients to avid cyclists and weekend warriors. Many rode in support of loved ones being treated for cancer or in memory of those who have been lost to the disease.

The riders included: Kevin Murphy, Charles Wear, Diane Legg, Team LungStrong, Bryant Mitchell, Nils Menten, Eric Christesen, Mark James, Susanne James, Katherine Treiser Brown, David Legg, Emily Olmstead, Melissa Delisle, Rob Brennan, Jesse Magnifico, Matthew Walsh, John Nigro, Derek Ward, Claire Kallelis, Jane Hoggard, Sarah Chapman, Kate Corrigan, Lola Pelletier, Sean Ryan and Spencer Moavenzadeh, all of Amesbury; and John Dodge, Janet Brooks, Pat Kelly, Marc Wippern and Michael Pilz, all of West Newbury.

Also, David Hardin, Bruno Stachowske, Barbara Riley, Nicholas Corvinus, Thomas Mahon, Kenneth Brown, Peter Considine, Lauren Wendel, Marc Cendron, Michael Barlow, Norman Banville, Julie Bokat, Jeanne Carter, Sam Barlow, Bonnie Perkins, Nicholas Mombello, Bill Hawes, Michael Nugent, Kathy Bechtel, Aaron Millett, Jacob Barlow, Peter Mcnamee, Barry Connell, Rose Rapp, Sheila Stehlin, Kevin Stehlin, Carly Brand, Kevin MacDougall and Jaime Ferris, all of Newburyport; John Manning, Ken Daniels, Yancy Lent, Johanna Lent, Pamela Toppi, Maura Mastrogiovanni, Janice Thoen, Susan Scheuer, and Alison Keefe, all of Rowley; and James Smith of Georgetown.

“PMC money is seed money that enables our scientists to conduct the earliest forms of research, often before it is eligible for government funds,” said Dana-Farber President Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD. “The money they raise is critical to our work.”

The 34th annual PMC is set for Aug. 3 and 4, 2013. Registration opens online on Jan. 3 for PMC alumni and Jan. 17 for newcomers. For more information about the PMC, which is presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and New Balance, visit